Harpenden school receives motivational boost from rugby stars

PUBLISHED: 19:04 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:56 06 May 2010

Roundwood pupils and Saracens

Roundwood pupils and Saracens

ENGLAND rugby world cup hero Richard Hill leant his muscle to a motivational conference to raise aspirations at a Harpenden school last week. Richard, who formerly played for Saracens and was a member of the World Cup-winning England team, was at Roundwoo

ENGLAND rugby world cup hero Richard Hill leant his muscle to a motivational conference to raise aspirations at a Harpenden school last week.

Richard, who formerly played for Saracens and was a member of the World Cup-winning England team, was at Roundwood Park School for the day-long Passion 4 Life conference for 180 Year Nine students.

He was joined by entrepreneur Marcus Orlovsky, the man responsible for the Bishopsgate development at Liverpool Street Station.

Richard and Saracens resident sports psychologist Dr David Priestly gave an insight into the mindset that professional athletes have to achieve and their personal values of self-discipline, honesty and self-reflection.

Richard was asked by one student how he coped with the demands of playing in a World Cup final. He explained that the hard work and preparation he put in before the game meant he was comfortable with the size and scale of the game.

Marcus spoke about on importance of perseverance and described his journey from lowly beginnings to the success he enjoys now as director of London's Bryanston Square Consulting.

Said deputy head Glen Pettengell: "For our first time doing something like this, it couldn't have gone any better. The feedback I got from the students was fantastic.


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