FORMER rugby international Thinus Delport has competed at the top level and knows the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body to succeed.

He visited Devizes School as part of the Youth Sport Trust's Active In Mind Project to work with pupils in year 10 to improve their confidence and team work.

Mr Delport, who once played for Gloucester also represented for South Africa at the highest level has now retired from the sport but has become an athlete mentor as part of the project.

He worked with the youngsters as part of a practical PE lesson which included skipping. Teacher Cath Stevens from the school's specialised learning team said: "The skipping caused much hilarity but he taught the value of working as a team which all enjoyed.

"Later in the day sixth form mentor training took place. A valuable lesson focusing on team building, confidence building, self-awareness and problem solving.

"We would like to thank him once again for his support and look forward to seeing him again in the future."