England Rugby Sevens Captain inspires The Royal School

The Royal School in Haslemere recently welcomed Tom Mitchell, England Rugby Sevens Captain, to give a motivational talk to pupils.
Tom made his debut for the England team in 2012 in Wellington, getting his first try, with his first touch, in his first game. He was top points-scorer in the 2013/2014 HSBS Sevens World Series and became Captain in 2014.

Addressing a packed Kilmorey Hall, Tom spoke with great honesty about the challenges and opportunities of leading the England Team. Students heard how adversity in his career including some serious injuries have made him stronger and increased his ability to accept and overcome difficulties. He spoke passionately about maximising opportunities when you can, doing what you love, taking control of your destiny and connecting your time at school with future possibilities.

He told pupils about the excitement of this year’s tournaments and how he is hoping to represent GB in the Olympics this summer where Rugby Sevens is featuring for the first time ever.
At the end of the talk, students seized the chance to ask the England Captain a wide range of questions about his career, training and future plans. The Royal School was thrilled when Tom presented a signed rugby shirt he recently wore in Cape Town.

Mrs Anne Lynch, Principal of The Royal School, commented, “It was a fascinating session and I was particularly impressed by the intensity of the pupils’ engagement and the quality of their questioning. What a great way to inspire young people to work hard and follow their dreams!”

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