It was a red-letter day for a High Peak school, as well as the England rugby team, at Twickenham on Saturday.
For among the 80,000 crowd cheering England to victory in the Six Nations Championship against Wales were three representatives from Chapel-en-le-Frith High School.
Year-ten pupil Cameron Moss and teachers Pete Henshall and Mark Brook went along after the school was invited to mark its partnership with the CBRE All Schools Rugby programme, which operates in conjunction with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
“We had a fantastic day out and one that will live in the memory for a long time,” said PE teacher Pete.
“We would like to thank the RFU for this wonderful opportunity as we continue to promote rugby within the school and cement our partnership with Buxton Rugby Club.”
Fifteen-year-old Cameron is a member of the Buxton club and was chosen to be the school’s flagbearer at Twickenham after much deliberation among staff
The All Schools Rugby programme aims to give young people at 750 state secondary schools across the country the opportunity to have fun, gain skills and build lasting relationships through rugby.
Pete explained: “Before going to Twickenham, we met with a number of other schools at Richmond College in London for some different activities leading up to the moment where Cameron would represent the school on the hallowed turf.
“The day started with Cameron being kitted out by the rugby merchandisers, Canterbury, followed by a presentation from the RFU.
“We then got the chance to listen to players Ellis Genge, who plays for Leicester Tigers, and Harriet Millar-Mills, both of whom have a number of England caps. On stage with Cameron, the pair officially recognised our partnership with the programme.
“After a practice parade and lunch, we were entertained by Kirk Vallis, who is head of global creativity at Google, and Russell Earnshaw, who is head of player pathways at the RFU.
“These two spoke really well about attitude and training methods, and how it is important to be ‘uncomfortably excited’ when coming up with new ideas.
“With the formalities at the college done, it was time to head over to the stadium. Myself and Mark took our seats inside Twicxkenham, while Cameron took his place on the try line to welcome the players on to the pitch.
“The teams ran out to a rapturous welcome. Cameron waved his flag, as instructed by the co-ordinators, and then stood tall and proud to sing the national anthem on the pitch. It was a moment that will live with him forever.”