Former Welsh rugby international Adam Jones visited Lydiard Park Academy in early March to congratulate players on another successful season, which saw both Year 7 and 8 as Swindon champions. They also defeated the highly regarded St Johns School, Marlborough.
Mr Jones, who retired with two international caps in 2014, talked about his training regime whilst playing and the need to lead a healthy active lifestyle to do well in any sport. Pupils were able to ask questions about playing top level rugby, posed for photos, tooks lots of selfies and asked Adam to sign rugby balls.
Alex Buchalik, Lydiard Park Academy head of rugby, said: “It was a great experience for our players to meet a professional athlete like Adam. The students got a chance to learn at first hand about the dedication to diet and fitness required to get to the top and to maintain that position.
“Adam told the boys his career started with school rugby, playing with his mates and pushing on from there. He said anyone can achieve success in sport but he didn’t underestimate the amount of hard work you have to put in.
“Lots of players have said they’ve been inspired by the visit. I’m sure it will have a positive effect on attitude and team spirit. Adam asked us to keep him in touch with our results.”
Top, Adam with the Year 8 players, and below, with Year 7 and Year 8, pictured by Richard Wintle of Calyx. Bottom, the Year 7 squad