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Widnes under 9's take on the Sale Sharks

Article date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 15:49 GMT

Young Jack Andrews celebrates with his signed jerseyIt's another victory for the Widnes wonder boys as team member Jack Andrews wins them the chance to share Edgeley Park with International Rugby stars. On Friday evening the Widnes Under 9's were guests of honour as Sale Sharks took on the London Wasps at home. Jack and his teammates took to the pitch before the game to receive their prizes for winning UKFast's nationwide competition. As they had pictures taken with Sharky, Jason Robinson stood nearby preparing his side for the big game. At half time under 9's team kicker Harry Gagen, Jack and his Dad Alan Andrews got hold of the ball and showed the professionals that grass roots rugby is alive and well in the UK. Jack was also presented with an individual prize of a Sharks jersey custom signed by Sale and England Captain Jason. A signed match ball was also won by fellow teammate Michael Humphreys. under 9's team kicker It's the end of a great season for the Widnes Under 9's. The boys have built up quite a reputation for themselves undefeated in all their friendly matches this year and playing in four cup finals, winning both the Sale Sharks youth festival and the prestigious Manchester festival. The competition was run by UKFast and in conjunction with Web resource Our Kids Sports. By following links online, kids could win their whole team special days out to premiership rugby matches and the chance to meet the players. Lawrence Jones, Managing Director of UKFast is a keen rugby enthusiast and sees the nurture of our youngsters as vital. Widnes Under 9's "Grass Roots sport in this country needs a massive boost. You only have to look at youth sport in Australia to understand why they are leaders in so many fields." Jones continues, "Encouragement is just the first step. Since winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003, the sport has experienced a rebirth in this country and more and more kids are taking an interest. Through our competitions, we're trying to add some extra inspiration for a lucky few."
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