Rugby legend George Gregan joins community rugby clinics
HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens Ambassador George Gregan leading the warm up with the participants from this morning’s Rugby Clinic at SCC Dempsey Field
This morning saw Australia's highest ever internationally capped player, George Gregan join the local youth community activation clinic at the SCC Dempsey Field along with Fijian sevens rugby legend Waisale Serevi. The clinic, which hosted 80 children aged from 8 to 17 years aimed to develop their rugby techniques and also helped them into becoming well versed in the sevens mentality and team culture.
Tetsuo Furukawa, 16 years, gave his thoughts on the clinic experience, “Normally when I go to other clinics with players, it's just about the basics and we don't really get to interact. Today we learnt something new and Mr Serevi was very kind to play with me and give me guidance on my rugby skills and team culture. I definitely learned a lot - body positioning and rucks from Mr Gregan while Mr Serevi told me the legs are the weapon - he's called the king of sevens for a reason!”
With the tournament starting tomorrow, George Gregan gave his thoughts on the importance of rugby in Singapore and why it is special as a host city, “I think it’s very complimentary to the whole series, especially after the big tournament in the traditional Hong Kong Sevens. Singapore is the first one where Kenya won by beating Fiji a few years ago for the final. I really love the stadium, it has got that nice family feel to it. They really worked on engaging what is happening, not just what is on the sevens pitch but also outside of the stadium where there is lots of activations, which I think are “very Singapore”, or so to speak - there’s food stalls and there’s great opportunities.”
Later on in the day the action returned to the National Stadium where children of HSBC clients and staff were given the exciting opportunity to have an exclusive preview of the DreamWorks All Stars Kids Zone which will be in situ over the weekend. The children got to meet DreamWorks favourites Poppy and Branch, took part in some fun stage games, won some exciting prizes and then concluded the day by settling down to watch an episode of Trolls.
Justina Kang brought her son to the preview, “It is a great place for the kids, the LIVE shows and Meet & Greet is very popular and engaging for the young ones. We are looking forward to this weekend, especially for the kids to enjoy all the activities.”