Chandlers sponsored rugby players chosen as World Cup Ambassadors

In the lead up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC 2015), four young members of Uckfield Rugby Football Club's U17/18 teams, who are sponsored by Chandlers, have been selected to be part of the national 'Young Rugby Ambassador' programme.

The Ambassadors will now play a crucial part in engaging young people in the local community, as well as generating excitement during the build up to the tournament.  The programme is a key element in the RFU's world cup legacy plan.

Harry Cook, Jack Peters, Katie Statham and Eleanor Lock are joining 5,000 16-20 years olds from rugby clubs across the country who will all be tasked with communicating the latest RWC 2015 news, ensuring the local community is talking about the tournament and supporting the RFU on bringing back 16-24 year olds to the game.

Harry Cook, Young Rugby Ambassador, and son of Chandlers Petworth Branch Manager, Simon Cook, said, "We are all delighted to have been chosen to be Young Rugby Ambassadors.  Since joining Uckfield, we have been very fortunate to have had good coaches who have helped to develop our skills, interest and understanding of the game. We are extremely excited to have been given the chance to represent our town for such a well known sporting event."

Additionally, Uckfield Rugby Football Club has created their own 'Youth Development Committee' to complement the Young Rugby Ambassador programme.  The committee includes the four Ambassadors together with Andrew Statham, Emily May and Tyler Smith.  They aim to ensure that the views of younger players are considered when club decisions are made. 

Emily May is delighted to be involved, "To have been chosen to represent my club is a great achievement for me.  I'm looking forward to being able to use my knowledge and skills to encourage youngsters in our local community to take up the game."

Richard Skinner, Commercial Director at Chandlers, said, "We are extremely proud to be sponsors of Uckfield Rugby Football Clubs' U17/18 teams and would like to congratulate the Young Rugby Ambassadors on their appointment.  I'm sure they will do a great job of generating excitement about the upcoming Rugby World Cup within our local community."

The four Ambassadors will now join the other 5,000 from clubs across the country at a conference that takes place at the Brighton Community Stadium on Thursday 31st October.

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