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Busy week for the black, green and gold

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As well as the focused preparation ahead of tomorrow's Aviva Premiership Rugby trip to London Wasps, members of the Saints squad and coaching staff have been out and about throughout Northampton.

Monday saw the end-of-term Saints Study Centre presentation evening pack out the Rodber Suite. Ryan Lamb and Teimana Harrison presented the awards, which were attended by over 100 youngsters and 300 parents, friends and school staff.

Schools that have used the Saints Study Centre this term include:

Playing for Success programme (circus skills to increase hand/eye co-ordination, healthy eating, stadium tours, player interviews, team building and maths games, origami, rugby practicals, paper tower challenge, computer work)

Duston Eldean, Woodvale, St Andrews, Queen Eleanor, Kingsthorpe Grove, Ecton Brook Primary, Ecton Brook Bellinge Campus and St Mary's

Transition programme (Robolab, stadium tour, circus skills, Shakespeare workshop, 'Maths is Fun', computer work)

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CLICK HERE for more information about the Saints Study Centre's programmes.

There was more school engagement on Tuesday, with Scott Armstrong heading to the Parker E-Act Academy in Daventry to give youngsters who had been using rugby as the bases of a literacy project some insight into motivation before a game and during the week, and techniques used in media interviews.

Wednesday was a busy day, with James Wilson heading to St Mary's School and Jim Mallinder, Dorian West, Dom Waldouck,Mark Sorenson, Jamie Elliott and Lee Dickson paying a special visit to the staff and patients at Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Meanwhile Franklin's Gardens itself hosted Starting Blocks, an EU Youth In Action project funded by the British Council, that brought young people from across Europe to Northampton to promote volunteering and sport, with sessions including presentations from Elite Player Development Group manager Ross Stewart and Saints first teamer Rhys Oakley.