FOUR West Suffolk College Sports Academy rugby students were invited to an England RFU Training Camp at Bagshot, where they met Martin Johnson and the England World Cup squad and received Gold Volunteering Certificates.
College Coach Nigel Brown was also presented with an RFU VIP tie.
Adam White, Rob Duchesne, Sam Shorten and Jake Thurlow met at the college’s Bury St Edmunds campus at 7.30am, for a trip to Surrey.
On arrival at Penny Hill Park, the lads were greeted by England operations manager Tom Stokes, who introduced the players to Martin Johnson.
The youngsters from West Suffolk College were able to roam around the training session.
Most opted to watch as the England squad were put through their paces in readiness for a game in the afternoon.
Martin Johnson was happy to answer any questions the youngsters had, and spent an hour with the young players.
As the England players left the park for lunch, the West Suffolk College boys were allowed access to the gym, where they met England centre Mike Tindall.
They were also given an explanation by the coaches about their approach to getting players back from injury.
The trip, organised by Lee Adamson from the RFU, was a way of thanking the West Suffolk College players for giving up more than 50 hours of their time during the season to act as volunteers for rugby in the Eastern Counties.
This included manning the RFU display at the Suffolk Show as well as coaching and helping run the successful West Suffolk Hospital World Cup tag tournament held earlier this summer.
At the end of the visit, Martin Johnson presented each player with a Gold Volunteering Certificate, and college coach Nigel Brown was presented with a RFU VIP tie.
These ties are presented to members of clubs whose efforts go beyond the call of duty and in recognition of exceptional achievements.
Nigel Brown said: “It was a fantastic day for the lads, one I am sure they will not forget.
“To be given the access they were to the England Squad so close to the World Cup was exceptional.
“On a personal note, to be presented with a VIP tie by the England manager was very special.”