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Year 7s Join Sale Sharks’ Number Cruncherz Programme

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Pupils in Year 7 received a training session in touch rugby from former world-class rugby player Hendre Fourie and two community coaches from Sale Sharks. Hendre was a South African player who in addition to playing for Sale Sharks was capped eight times for England before his retirement. The boys threw themselves into the training and worked hard to improve their skills. They were given lots of helpful hints and tips by the coaches and Hendre as they progressed, and will be able to put these into practice in upcoming rugby matches.

The session was organised as part of the Sale Sharks Community Trust outreach programme, Number Cruncherz, which was developed in partnership with the Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg) charity and sponsored by MBNA. Number Cruncherz aims to help 11-12 year olds develop their number and financial literacy skills outside of the classroom in an engaging way.

As a follow-up to the rugby training session, the Year 7 boys will go to the AJ Bell Stadium, the home of Sale Sharks, where they will take part in a series of sessions related to maths and finance. These include budgeting, income and expenditure, needs and wants, and making choices, and the coaches will relate these to real-life examples from the business of rugby to help pupils to relate to and learn from the experience.

After completing the Number Cruncherz programme, all of the Year 7 boys will be given tickets to a rugby match at the AJ Bell Stadium.

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Hendre Fourie refereeing one of the touch rugby matches

Hendre Fourie refereeing one of the touch rugby matches

The boys threw themselves into the training session

The boys threw themselves into the training session

It was a great opportunity to hone their skills

It was a great opportunity to hone their skills