Pupils train with Tigers’ experts

Tosh Askew with Oakham's first XV squad EMN-140923-084550001
Tosh Askew with Oakham's first XV squad EMN-140923-084550001

Pupils from Oakham School were the first to benefit from a new Leicester Tigers coaching academy initiative, when Tosh Askew visited them to put them through their paces.

Askew represented Liverpool, Lancashire, Yorkshire and England Students before embarking on a successful coaching career. He has worked with many of the leading young talents and brought his energetic coaching style to the pitches at Oakham School.

Director of Rugby Ian Smith, who is himself a former Tigers captain and coach, said: “Not only have these boys benefited from Tosh’s advice, but all the players at Oakham will be able to gain from these training sessions.

“Our own coaches were present, picking up tips and advice that they can then pass on to the other 400+ boys who play rugby at the school. The session has also been filmed and will be uploaded onto Oakham TV, our state-of-the-art teaching resource, to be used as a coaching aid.

“This really is an invaluable opportunity for up-and-coming players to work with some of the best coaches in the country, provided by Leicester Tigers. It is an exciting initiative, and to be chosen to host the first session is a testament to the strong relationship between Oakham School and the Tigers.”

Oakham has a long history of working closely with the Leicester Tigers, with pupils regularly benefiting from training visits - last year saw Graham Rowntree, Austin Healey and George Chuter pass on their skills. Numerous Old Oakhamians have also gone on to play for the Tigers, including Lewis Moody, Tom Croft and Matt Smith.