RGS Worcester's state of the art fitness suite has been officially opened by the Worcester Warriors.
Jonny Arr, Aussie legend Chris Latham and All Black sensation Rico Gear cut the ribbon at the school's modern Butler Fitness Suite in front of pupils and sports staff today.
The players, accompanied by Keir Hansen, Warriors Strength & Conditioning Coach, - who had just led a seminar with pupils in regard to strength and conditioning training - were clearly impressed with what had been achieved at the school post merger with The Alice Ottley School and the vast £6.3 million development.
After the visit ex pupil of RGS Worcester Jonny Arr said,
"The new Fitness Suite is fantastic, I wish this facility had been in place when I was here."
"The school has changed a lot in a very short space of time. RGS gave me so much during my time here, not just benefiting my rugby, but also my education. I know these new additions will be a great help to future pupils and who knows, with a suite like this, future Warriors stars as well!" added Jonny Arr.
A delighted Tim Curtis, RGS Worcester Director of Sport commented,
"We are all extremely proud of the Fitness Suite and how it is used throughout the school."
"RGS Worcester already has a national reputation for sporting excellence, but to have a facility like this is a real privilege. Kier has inspired us today with the importance of strength and conditioning. This facility enables all our pupils (and staff!) to put his words into practice."
The former Worcestershire Country Cricket Club captain and England International adding,
"The Butler Fitness Suite has the specification of a top professional gym but it doesn't just look good, it is user friendly. Separate air-conditioned areas house aerobic machines, rowing ergometers, free and controlled weights as well as there being a stretching, warm down area. This makes workouts safe, highly effective and hugely motivating for all our pupils and staff from 7.15am till going home time."
Even now Worcester Warrior Ryan Lamb is impressed by the physicality and athleticism of some of Aviva Premiership Rugby's giant forwards and has called on rugby newcomers to witness the intensity first hand.