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Trinity invites the local community to welcome the French team for RWC.

Trinity School, Shirley Park, is all set to be the Team Base for the French national rugby team during the impending Rugby World Cup 2015.  Excitement is mounting at the School as it prepares to say ‘bienvenue’ to the French Rugby Squad who arrive on Sunday 13th September 2015.

Croydon and the local community are invited to join in the celebrations taking place in Croydon Town Centre on 24–27 September in partnership with Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), Surrey Rugby and Trinity School. North End will be transformed into a French market with additional rugby-themed activities taking place on Saturday 26 September – do come along and expect a surprise or two!

Trinity is also looking forward to getting the whole school on board to welcome Les Blues:

  • Trinity will host the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup on its tour of the UK together with former England player and coach, Sir Clive Woodward on 8th September.
  • Students from the French Department have prepared cards and a video to welcome Philippe Saint-André and his team and it is hoped that members of the squad will want to visit classes and come to a school assembly.
  • Trinity Boys Choir is one of only 20 choirs in the UK chosen to sing at the Tournament's Welcome Ceremonies. The Trinity singers will welcome France at the ceremony to be held in The Painted Hall in the Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich, on 14th September.

Director of Rugby, Aaron Liffchak commented: Rugby is at the heart of Trinity’s sports scene and we can’t wait to welcome the French. It will be exceptionally inspiring for our players to cohabit with one of the top teams in the world.”

Headmaster Mark Bishop said: “It is hugely exciting to have the French team come to Trinity, not just for our sportsmen and women but for the whole school, with many cross-curricular benefits expected. We are also pleased to be working with Croydon BID and Surrey Rugby to bring some of the excitement of hosting the French to Croydon’s wider community during the last weekend in September.”  

The School was last year selected by the French national rugby team as their Team Base and will offer the squad use of its 1st XV pitch, sports hall, pool, fitness suite, brand new strength and conditioning suite, and recently opened sports pavilion, complete with conference space and medical room.

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