Some 400 Trinity pupils, parents and staff came to school on Sunday September 13 to welcome the French National Rugby team. France selected Trinity School in Croydon as one of their Team Bases for RWC 2015 just over a year ago and since then the whole school has been preparing for their arrival.
Trinity Head Groundsman, Jeremy Harris, and his team have worked tirelessly over the past months to ensure that the Rugby pitch is in tip top condition for the Rugby World Cup 2011 finalists. Last week Tournament Organisers England 2015 gave Trinity’s 1st XV pitch a glowing report saying it was in “superb condition” and ready for training to start for RWC 2015.
Oliver Butler (aged 10) who has just started at Trinity in Year 6 shared his excitement as he waited for the French team to arrive: “I can’t wait to see the French players in real life because I’ve never seen real professional sportsmen before.”
Head Coach Philippe Saint André and his squad walked through a line of cheering children and adults, many waving ‘tricolore’ flags or welcome banners that they had prepared specially for the occasion. Players shook hands with the pupils and generously signed Rugby balls and T-shirts as they made their way to the sports pavilion.
Year 8 pupil Tom Leonard (aged 12) said: “It is so exciting to have international players at Trinity. It really makes me feel part of Rugby World Cup 2015.”
The parents seemed just as excited as the boys. One dad who has two sons at Trinity commented: “Today has been just brilliant. Rugby World Cup is always a big event in our family. We are thrilled to be part of it and welcome the French squad. It’s also great for the whole school.”
On September 14 Trinity Boys Choir sing at the official Welcome Ceremony for France to be held at the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich.