Pupils at a Corby school had a lesson in team work and determination from former rugby union player Austin Healey.
He visited the school in Shetland Way on Thursday (September 19) when he coached players from every year group.
Austin played for Leicester Tigers and has represented the England national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions.
He said: “There’s a disconnect between what many young people think about being a successful sportsperson and the reality of the job.
“The reality is that to be successful involves a huge amount of sacrifice and a lot of knowledge and hard work.
“I’ve enjoyed meeting the pupils at Lodge Park. They worked really hard and the training sessions were quite physical.”
The visit was organised by Adam Douglas who has recently joined the academy in the role of sports-maker.
His job is to ensure that all students enjoy the benefits of sport and that elite competitors receive the information and coaching they need to excel.
He said: “Passion for sport encourages good behaviour, increased attendance at school and boosts confidence and all the skills students learn can be used in other areas, whether it’s academic studies, music or art.
“The students who took part in the sessions had all chosen rugby as part of their Wednesday enrichment sessions and they really enjoyed training with Austin.”