Sky is the limit for rugby club

Lights, camera, action – a north Northumberland grassroots rugby club became the focus of a renowned TV channel on Saturday.

Sky Sports News touched down in Alnwick at the weekend to do a special piece on the Greensfield club, in the run-up to the England v New Zealand match.

Among the items filmed was a training session with the U12s and U13s.

A series of interviews focused on what grassroots rugby means to Alnwick, as well as the club’s fund-raising campaign for an ambitious refurbishment to improve its facilities.

Youngster Will Stewart was also asked about his unforgettable experience of being a mascot for the England v South Africa clash at Twickenham Stadium last month, as part of Stuart Lancaster’s Grassroots initiative which aims to reinforce the link between the England elite squad and the clubs where the players started their rugby. Toby Flood is the connection in Alnwick’s case.

And Saturday’s Sky experience will not be forgotten in a hurry.

Club representative Penny Stewart said: “It was a great morning and all the children really enjoyed it, despite the 7am start.

“Filming took place over a three-hour period with live interviews at 7.30am, 8.30am and 9.30am and, despite the rain, they were able to get out onto the pitch and film some training sessions with Mark Watson, the RFU community rugby coach.

“This was a huge coup for Alnwick and we were delighted that Sky chose Alnwick RFC as a focus club and is testament to all the hard work that is put in by so many at the club to make rugby a big part of the local community.”