Alec Hepburn’s First Coaching Session at Lower Mill Estate

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Habitat Firsts latest sporting ambassador runs his first fun-filled, action-packed rugby coaching session at Lower Mill Estate

Exeter Chiefs and England Saxons star Alec Hepburn, one of Habitat First Groups new sporting ambassadors, paid a visit to Lower Mill Estate on Sunday to meet some of our residents and pass on a few tips to the next generation of budding rugby enthusiasts.

Alec suffered a nasty thumb injury earlier in the season which required corrective surgery and he was kind enough to take some time away from his grueling rehabilitation programme to lead a training session on the 3G pitch in Millstone Park.

The session lasted for just over an hour and consisted of lots of individual skill work, general ball-handling and some conditioned games of touch rugby to finish. We had a good mix of different ages, positions and abilities which made for a really fun and interesting session.

After the training had ended, the children and their parents hung around to ask Alec questions about his rugby career and to find out what it takes to become a professional rugby player. Alec covered a variety of different topics including playing in front of 82,000 people at this years Aviva Premiership Rugby Final and how it felt to score his first try for England against South Africa this summer.

We spoke to Alec after the session and he was full of praise for Lower Mill and our residents:

“It really is such a lovely place to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life and I can see exactly why people like to spend their time here.

The training session was great fun, I was really impressed with the standard of rugby and I think I probably enjoyed it even more than they did! I’m really looking forward to running more sessions next year and getting to know more of the residents, everyone I’ve met so far has been really nice and welcoming.”

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we received numerous messages of thanks from some very happy residents after the session. Keep your eyes peeled on the Lower Mill Estate Facebook page for details of the next training session, which we hope to run in the February half-term.

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