ENGLAND Rugby Union head coach Stuart Lancaster was in Menston on Tuesday (June 16) to present an annual school award for outstanding achievement in sport.

Stuart Lancaster visited St Mary's, Menston, on Tuesday morning to present the Jamie Payne-Ross Award to Year Eight student, Ciaran Hammond.

The Award is presented annually at the school in memory of Jamie Payne-Ross who died in a tragic accident in December 1993. The Award is for outstanding achievement in sport for a Year 8 boy (12-13 year old) and was presented to the school by Jamie’s mother Colleen and elder brother Adam.

Previous presenters of the Award include Sir Trevor Brooking, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Stuart is widely respected internationally for his coaching and is credited with transforming the England team since his appointment in 2012. He is currently preparing the team for the World Cup later this year.

Assistant Headteacher, David Geldart said: “Stuart clearly recognised how important this is to the school community and had no hesitation in agreeing to present the prestigious award. His presentation to the students was truly inspirational.”

Faculty Leader of PE and Sport, Craig Thornton, congratulation award winner Ciaran for his achievement.

He said: "Ciaran brings to life the St. Mary’s values and epitomises everything which is good about the school. He will always give his best, irrespective of the activity and will support and encourage others around him. The only thing which surpasses his talent is his compassion and empathy for his fellow competitors.

"Ciaran is a member of the school’s John Paul II Foundation for Sport Leadership Academy and has already demonstrated outstanding ability in this area. Ciaran is an all-round sportsman with a desire to act upon any advice given. He is indeed a worthy winner of this award.”

Year 8 students Finlay Jezzard and Sam Clifford-Hassan provided outstanding musical performances during this important school event.