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Former student and now professional rugby player Andy Uren returned to his old school Hanham Woods Academy to deliver an inspiring talk to students.

Andy, who used to play scrum-half for Bristol Bears but who is now plying his trade for Benetton Rugby in Italy, spoke to hundreds of students from Years 7-10.

With over 150 games played for Bristol, Andy was able to share insights from his playing journey from Bristol academy to first team. He spoke to students about resilience, working hard and the importance of getting good qualifications. Andy also spoke about the culture of respect at Bristol Bears and the impact that has had on him.

The session finished with a Q&A before Andy spent time signing autographs, posing for pictures and having one-to-one conversations with students. He left the PE department his final Bristol Bears rugby shirt which staff are going to frame and hang on display.

Curriculum leader for physical education at Hanham Woods Academy, Elliott Swanton – who used to teach Andy – said, “It has been great following Andy’s career since leaving Hanham Woods Academy and we really appreciate him coming in and encouraging the next generation to achieve their potential.

“Andy has been an inspiration with his performances on the pitch for Bristol Bears, but for many students the chance to meet him in person was clearly an exciting one. Andy gave a motivational talk, encouraging all students to work hard and aim high. 

“Andy has grown so much as a person, and we all appreciate his continued support.  We wish him every success in Italy and beyond.”