Ormiston Victory student named ‘Young Rugby Ambassador of the Year’

A budding athlete and Year 12 student from an academy in Norwich has been named Young Rugby Ambassador of The Year for the Eastern Counties by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), after turning his talents to coaching following a knee injury.

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Kieran Palmer, a student from Ormiston Victory Academy was awarded this honour after volunteering with the RFU’s Youth Rugby Ambassador programme, helping to coach and inspire younger players.

The hard-working student has also been invited to sit on the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby Advisory Group; a group of coaches, players and parents who discuss how rugby should be played for children 18 years and under and helping to shape the future of the game.

Kieran put himself forward for the scheme after suffering a torn ligament in his knee, which put him out of action for the rest of the rugby season. Facing a long recovery, he decided to put his knowledge and skills to good use.

Since September 2016, Kieran has been one of two coaches for the Under 11s at North Walsham Rugby Club, a club he has played for since he was 5 years old, helping to develop the players’ skills. He also went on tour with 250 children from the ‘Minis’ section of the club to Mersea Island, Essex, during which the Under 11s won all five of their games – a fantastic result for the club which Kieran helped to make possible.

Kieran was nominated as Young Ambassador of the Year for the Eastern Counties by the club in recognition of the valuable contribution he has made, and was subsequently named the winner. He will go on to receive the award at a presentation dinner at Shelford Rugby Club in Cambridge.

During his time coaching, Kieran has developed a range of new skills and earned certificates for Level 1 Coaching Children Rugby and Level 1 Refereeing Children, as well as valuable leadership skills.

Ormiston Victory Academy actively encourages students within its network to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, such as sport and voluntary work, to help them develop a broad range of skills and talents, as part of its Enrichment Charter.

The Young Rugby Ambassador (YRA) programme is part of the RFU's commitment to supporting and developing young ambassadors in the game to become future influencers and leaders.

Naomi Palmer, Principal of Ormiston Victory Academy, said:
"I’m so proud of Kieran for everything he has achieved as a Young Rugby Ambassador – he is a very worthy recipient, who has worked so hard for this over the last few months. Kieran serves as a fantastic role model for all of our students at Ormiston Victory Academy and we hope he will inspire others to follow in his footsteps."

Kieran Palmer said:

"I feel so honored to have won this award and I would like to thank all of my teachers and peers who have supported me. I’ve volunteered myself for this role because I want to make the game better for everyone involved and to show that rugby can change lives. I want to give back and help others grow to achieve their ambitions."