Watch Prince Harry get the camera crew involved during a street rugby match


Playful Prince Harry delighted hundreds as he showed off his ball skills at a street rugby event.

Harry took part in a scratch game of touch rugby on a tennis court, as part of an initiative to get children to try the game.

He played with local youngsters and members of England's U20 squad who beat South Africa on Monday to reach the final of the U20 World Championships against Ireland in Salford on Saturday.

And the royal visitor captivated watching young people - and their mothers, with his skills during the brief run-out at the event at Alexandra Park in Stockport, Cheshire.

Prince Harry playing rugby
(Peter Byrne/PA)

Harry, vice patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), is helping the community rugby programme, backed by the RFU and sports charity StreetGames, as part of a drive to encourage young people who may not have tried the game before, to give it a go.

The initiative comes as indicators show participation in organised sport drops as teenagers move into young adulthood, and with the rate of drop-off greater in disadvantaged communities.

StreetGames run "Doortstep" and "Pop Up" Clubs offering accessible and interactive sports opportunities to young people in poorer neighbourhoods.

Prince Harry takes part in an RFU backed rugby programme
(Peter Byrne/PA)

Harry enjoyed a demonstration from Andrew Henderson, world freestyle football champion, who wowed the crowd with his juggling skills - this time with an odd shaped rugby ball.

After the game Harry was mobbed like a pop star, shaking hands and taking part in the odd-selfie with cheering young people as he departed.

Prince Harry playing rugby
(Peter Byrne/PA)