International rugby star visits Worthing school

Thinus Delport gives a workshop to pupils at Worthing Hight School. The year 10 and 11 squad.
Thinus Delport gives a workshop to pupils at Worthing Hight School. The year 10 and 11 squad.

Worthing High School welcomed South African rugby star Thinus Delport on Monday (November 12).

Thinus is a rugby union wing and fullback player who played for Gloucester, the Worcester Warriors and South Africa. He has represented the southern hemisphere in his sport, competing against some of the world’s greatest rugby players.

The visit was arranged as Thinus has taken the role of national athlete mentor this academic year, aiming to help pupils continue to develop and improve their lives through sport.

The school, in South Farm Road, ran a number of projects looking at raising self-confidence and aspirations through sport.

Marie Field, PE leader, said: “At the moment we are running a project called transition, looking at the step up from middle school to secondary school through the medium of dance. It is wonderful that our projects are recognised and that someone such as Thinus is able to spend the day with our students here at Worthing High School.”

Thinus spent the day delivering a special assembly to all GCSE PE, dance and BTEC sport students and then worked with more than 100 students developing their fitness and rugby skills.