The upcoming Alred Trophy, a competition aimed at finding Great Britain and Ireland’s next best rugby kicker, has teamed up with global school rugby platform NextGenXV to provide coverage of the competition including a live-stream of the final in July.
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Founded by legendary kicking coach Dave Alred MBE, the mastermind behind globally renowned kickers like Jonny Wilkinson, George Ford, Beauden Barrett, James O’Connor, Stuart Barnes, Jonathan Webb, Matt Burke, Morné Steyn, Rob Andrew, and Jonny Sexton, the Alred Trophy is a competition open to under 18 rugby kickers designed to test them on a range of disciplines to gauge their power, accuracy and performance under pressure. A series of regional qualifying compeitions will take place throughout April, culminating in the grand final in July.
NextGenXV, the global home of school rugby, has come on board to help promote the competition by providing website and social media coverage, live streaming and commentary. NextGenXV aims to give exposure to young rugby talent from around the world, through streaming, news and views on its website and social channels.
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The Alred Trophy is a product of rugby kicking coaching platform, the School of Kicking, and run by leading kicking coaches including Head Coach and former professional Tony Yapp, World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year and Red Rose Emily Scarratt and World Cup winner and former Red Rose, Katy Daley-McLean.
School of Kicking co-founder and coach Tony Yapp says, “Part of our vision for the Alred Trophy is to provide a launch pad for young, up and coming kicking talent where they can challenge themselves agains the best and where we can showcase their skills. The partnership with NextGenXV will allow us to realise that vision and give them a taste of what it’s like to perform on the professional stage with the pressures of cameras and a live audience watching on. It also enables us to create an entertaining offshoot of rugby much like the NFL Combine where we can engage a younger audience with exciting and relatable content.”
NextGenXV co-founder Angus Savage says, “We are delighted to be working alongside the School of Kicking on the Alred Trophy and hope that we can help to build on what was a superb event in 2020. After a pretty bleak year, with almost no school rugby, the Alred Trophy will give these young kickers a fantastic opportunity for some competition and fun. With an audience tuning in from around the world it is a chance for everyone to showcase the very best of their abilities and I have no doubt that we will see an enthralling competition.”
For more information about the Alred Trophy head to https://schoolofkicking.com/alredtrophy/ or to check out NextGenXV go to https://nextgenxv.com/