Bryan Redpath was in buoyant mood as he put a group of Manchester children through their paces at an Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme session.
The former Scotland scrum-half was at Cheetwood Primary School to spread his words of wisdom on rugby union to 90 enthusiastic youngsters.
Redpath is adamant that it is the taking part that counts, and hopes the day's activities will lead to more children across Manchester garnering a love of playing rugby.
The Scotsman couldn't speak highly enough of the Aviva Premiership Schools Programme, insisting getting young children into sport is the chief aim of the scheme.
"It's hugely important to try and get young kids into rugby union," said Redpath. "I think it's wonderful to be working with the younger players.
"I think the UK is massive when it comes to integrating young people into sport whether it is rugby, football, cricket, anything.
"There are some of them who may stick at it and join our local rugby clubs after doing something for a few weeks at a school and it is important that we get to the grassroots of school.
"It gets kids out of the class-room to do an activity that some of them may not know, and it challenges them in a different way, with some of them blossoming because they have done something well and hopefully they will transfer that back into a little bit of confidence in the class-room."
Redpath is adamant the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme can help bring clubs and communities closer together.
"The community is huge and I think it is primarily a football community so you're battling against the odds from the start, but that doesn't mean you can't try and put the Sale Sharks name out there and try and get as many people involved as you can," he added.
"It's vital that these programmes are committed to and it is vital that they are supported by every Premiership club, players and staff included."