Ellesmere College have enjoyed a vintage season on the rugby field. While the College 1st XV only lost one match the U14 team went one better and won every game they played. The 2nd XV also achieved a formidable record winning all but one game. The success has also been extended to include the 8 - 13 age groups; an area that has developed to now field five teams. This compliments the seven teams fielded at senior level (14-18) providing a nursery ground for future players.
The success of the rugby at Ellesmere has partly come through the development of a Rugby Academy. Now into its second year the aim of improving the standard of rugby and producing future professional and international players looks closer to realisation. This season as well as producing Shropshire County players at all levels, Ashley James and Hugh Adams have gone on to play for North Midlands U18 and Steven Bannister has achieved the same in the U16 age group.
The Rugby Academy provides a professional set up for pupils to develop with a structured individual training programme. Weekly sessions from a professional fitness coach and physiotherapy treatment supplement work from a highly qualified coaching team at the school. Great interest has been shown with pupils joining the school this year from North Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire with the aim of achieving excellence in rugby as well as their studies.
As well as superb outdoor facilities the rugby also benefits from the further development of the indoor facilities. The new sports hall was recently opened by a former pupil and England Grand Slam rugby captain Bill Beaumont, who was delighted to see the progress taking place on the rugby front. As he prepares to take the role of manager of the British Lions tour to New Zealand we wish him well and hope to produce others to follow in his illustrious footsteps.
14th January 2005 Back to News