Jamie was excited to be chosen, "It's great to have been chosen to attend a Premiership Rugby Academy thanks to Land Rover. It's going to be amazing to be coached by the Premiership Rugby players who I watch on the TV and hopefully it means that I can learn some new things for the next rugby season. This could just be the highlight of my summer holiday!"
Sale Sharks Community Coach Richard Spencer said, "Both Frank and Jamie have shown great potential as players, as well as the extra volunteering and support they offer their rugby club - they are fully deserving of this prize from Land Rover. Hopefully they will learn a great deal from the Academy that will stand them in good-stead for their future in the sport, but most importantly I hope that they enjoy it and have a fantastic time. I'm sure being coached by some of their rugby heroes will be a superb experience."
Danny Cipriani commented, "As a player it is important to me to engage our local community in rugby, young people can learn values from the game to take into their everyday lives. The Premiership Rugby Academies are a fun way for myself and other players to get involved in coaching young rugby players. It's great for a brand like Land Rover to offer places on the Academies in recognition of children's achievements through our community departments coaching programmes."
Commenting on Land Rover's commitment to grass roots rugby, Laura Schwab, Marketing Director of Land Rover UK, said: "Land Rover is delighted to offer places on Premiership Rugby Academies to children involved in Premiership Rugby's community coaching programmes. The Premiership Rugby Academies allow these children unique access to be coached by top players, and we are proud to offer young aspiring rugby players the chance to attend the Academies. Land Rover's commitment to rugby covers every level of the game, from Rugby World Cup 2015 through to the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, and we are committed to supporting the development of the young players of the future"
Land Rover are Official Sponsor to Premiership Rugby Academies, there are over 200 courses countrywide throughout the year and in 2011 over 180 professional players attended camps to answer questions and pass on expert advice to the young players of the future. Land Rover's ongoing support for grassroots rugby also includes the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, a nationwide tournament run in conjunction with Premiership Rugby Club's community departments. Since 2008 over 33.000 aspiring young players take part in under 11 and under 12 festivals all over the country. Land Rover remains proud partners of the thriving programme.
For more information on the Land Rovers involvement in rugby please visit blog.landrover.com/rugby