The inaugural Ian Beer Rugby Scholarship

Mr Ian Beer CBE, returned again this week to the School where in 1961 he was a very young Headmaster at just 29 years old. 1969 he went on to Lancing College and then to be Headmaster at Harrow from where he retired in 1991.
Ian, having played rugby for Cambridge University and internationally for England, has remained passionate about the game and so on the occasion of his 80th Birthday earlier this year, Nick Pettingale, Director of Development, launched the Ian Beer Rugby Scholarship as gift from the staff and old boys of the school. This week that Sixth Form scholarship was awarded to Colin Dickson.

Ian was entertained to a great 1st XV win over Northampton Boys and then to lunch with the Headmaster and Colins family. His father Alan commented as a rugby scholar at Ellesmere College, Colin has developed, academically, socially and on the rugby pitch he has achieved far more than we dared ever hope for and the award of the prestigious Ian Beer Rugby Scholarship offers him the opportunity to continue into the Sixth Form and, with continued hard work and good fortune, to build on his achievements.
The 2010-11 season has been Colins most successful to date, having progressed through County, North Midlands & Midlands trials & ultimately having been selected for the England U16s whilst also studying for his GCSEs. The pressure to perform must have been immense - but he knuckled down, worked hard and he has made us very proud of his achievements, both on and off the field.
Alex Murphy, Director of Rugby Academy said Colin has always been an exciting player from an early age and to see him growing and developing in the Rugby Academy as a result of this prestigious award is great for him and for us. He is a talent to be watched out for in the future.

13th October 2011  Back to News