Rugby at St John’s goes from strength to strengthKaren Reed
Year 9 Rugby Triumph
Congratulations to our Year 9 boys rugby team. On 5 December they won the final of the Swindon Schools Cup with a score of 59-0
St John’s and Marlborough RFC: A rugby partnership- Mr Tucker
For almost three years, Marlborough RFC has been providing the school rugby coaching support on an informal basis. This summer we looked to formalise that relationship with a partnership between our two organisations. St John’s committed to making some changes to its rugby organisation; moving all after-school rugby to Thursdays to avoid conflict with other popular sports, providing greater support from the PE Department and entering teams into competitions to ensure maximum game time. Marlborough RFC committed to providing regular coaching and support in other areas such as RFU liaison and coach development. This has included putting several of our senior pupils through RFU coaching training so that they can assist with the initiative and, in late November, the RFU ran a bespoke coaching course at the school to provide some first-class training to all our PE staff and junior coaches.
I am pleased to report that the partnership has so far been a resounding success. We have been getting upwards of 80 pupils playing rugby each week across different age groups. The boys’ teams in Years 7 through 9 have been playing regular competitive rugby against local schools and have lost only once all season. The Year 9 team have been particularly successful, winning the both inaugural Swindon Schools League and Swindon Schools Cup. With girls’ rugby we have gone from offering very little to having up to 25 girls playing each week and, as part of the partnership, they will soon be receiving coaching masterclasses from current England Internationals.
Where next? We want to continue to grow the partnership and make St John’s a centre of excellence for rugby within the state sector. The RFU’s values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship absolutely chime with the values that we espouse for our school. To grow a greater ‘rugby club’ feel, Marlborough RFC are currently sourcing sponsorship so that we can provide all players with their own training top. If any parents think that they would like to be involved in this sponsorship then please get in touch.