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Turbos hit the schools for Adopt a Turbo

on Monday, 29 July 2019. Posted in Turbos News

Turbos hit the schools for Adopt a Turbo

Children from across the Manawatu region had the chance to meet their Turbo heroes as part of the team’s annual Adopt a Turbo programme on Monday.

Every member of the squad along with all Manawatu Rugby Union staff were split among 17 schools, playing games and answering questions from the children.

Also joining the team were some of the union’s sponsors including Norwood with some of the tractors and trucking companies Hino, Mack and Volvo with some of their trucks.

Activities varied across the schools with games of touch rugby at Somerset Crescent School, ki-o-rahi at Aokautere School and an opportunity to for the children to ask players about how they became Turbos at Kairanga School.

Turbos coach Peter Russell was joined by Andre Taylor and Griffin Culver to run a training session with the Riverdale School rippa rugby team heading to nationals next month.

Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive Shannon Paku was joined by Turbos flanker Johnny Galloway at Colyton School.

Paku said the Adopt a Turbo programme provided the team with a special opportunity to get out among the union’s youngest rugby fans.

“It is important that we have visibility of Turbos at the community level as that is how we will inspire the Turbos and Cyclones of the future.”

The Turbos are spending their final week of preseason mixing in their training regime with  a host of community exercise including the Adopt a Turbo, joining the Palmerston North Fire Service for drills and planting native plants with Horizons Regional Council.

The team concluded their preseason playing schedule with a 24-19 win over Wellington in Kimbolton on Sunday.

The Turbos season kicks off on August 11 when they take on Hawke’s Bay at Central Energy Trust Arena.