The Legacy lives on...

The legacy of RWC2015 is alive and kicking in Exeter, with the launch of Mini’s Academy; the next phase in the success story of My First Rugby Ball.

Launching in style to over 20 youngsters, at Ide Primary School, the Academy runs as an after school club for 4 - 7 year olds, in schools, across the city of Exeter and has the backing and support of RWC2015 legacy partners throughout Devon.

The 45 minute sessions are delivered by Exeter Chiefs, Community Coaches and the programmes are written by our very own former Chief; Nic Sestaret. Sessions will focus on developing the core skills; agility, balance & co-ordination and will keep fun, positivity and an understanding of the games’ values at its heart.

Academy children will also be invited to join our two day Academy Holiday Clubs which will run during the Easter & Summer Holidays. Director of Coaching, former Exeter Chief; Nic Sestaret, will lead the initial after school sessions;


“This is a great opportunity for the children to learn, right from the start, that the most important part of learning anything new,

is to have fun and not to worry about making mistakes. That is the way we learn and that is how we grow as players.

I think that this is an excellent thing for the children and I am looking forward to spending more time back in Exeter” Nic


It’s been a fantastic start to the year with almost 100 children now enrolled. It looks like they’re loving it too with both parents and children giving some amazing feedback!


“I love your rugby because you play awesome games”

Issey Thomas, Clyst Heath School


“Daisy (4 yrs) said that her first session at Ide was her best day ever! She loved playing and meeting Mini. Keep up the fabulous work!”

Daisy’s mum


For more details, either as a parent or school, feel free to contact us or to sign up on line and we will see you all very soon!

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“This is so good. It’s perfect to introduce the little ones to rugby”

Nic Sestaret, Director of Rugby at Taunton School, Former Premiership Player

"My favourite part is at the end of the session when we get to cheers for how hard we tried today”

Andrew Diatz, Ide Primary School

“Happy to be involved in such an exciting, innovative venture”

Jai Purewal, Wooden Spoon

“This is great! Perfect for engaging with players”

Tim Stimpson, Former England International, Sporting Partners

“This little guy’s gonna be big! Watch this one!”

Gareth ‘Coach’ Chilcott, Former England International Vena Tour Ambassadors

“Nice! We need this little guy in France!”

Serge Betson, Former French International

“It's really good. He trains us to do lots of activities and funny stretches!”

Eliot Pearce, Pinhoe Primary School

“Very happy to support the project! Think it’s a great idea!”

Matt Jess, Exeter Chiefs

“Cool! This guy’s a dude!”

Jack Nowell, England International, Exeter Chiefs

“This is the perfect link between sport & literacy”

James Bogue, Active Devon

“What better way to get rugby’s values across?”

Sir Paul Jones, First Federation

“Fantastic! I happily recommend all Junior sections distribute bespoke copies among their youngest players”

Dave Butt, Chairman Devon RFU

“I adore the concept of this book, not only from a rugby point of view, but the set of core values it promotes”

Ian Crews, Principle Designate at South Devon UTC

“What a fantastic concept! Love the values behind this”

Alex Payne, Rugby Union Presenter at Sky Sports

“Love this! Great illustrations & potential for development”

Quentin Smith, Chairman at Premiership Rugby

“This is very cool! I like it a lot!”

John Mitchell, International Rugby Coach

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