RUGBY ROUND-UP: Trinity School has been shortlisted as the Rugby School of the Year at a set of awards which recognise outstanding contribution to the sport.
The National Rugby Awards will take place at Twickenham on September 1 and the independent school in Shirley Park has been invited to attend alongside members of the Grand Slam-winning England senior team and a number of Premiership players.
Trinity is on a shortlist of six schools following a 12-month period in which they provided the training base for the France national squad during the Rugby World Cup, provided two players who captained England at under-18 level, and in which their under-13s side won the national schools’ championship.
“It’s an honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award,” Aaron Liffchak, Trinity’s director of rugby, said on hearing of the shortlisting.
“The whole rugby department has worked incredibly hard over the last few years to turn Trinity into one of the country’s most talked about rugby-playing schools. Being nominated for Rugby School of the Year is the icing on the cake.”
Trinity’s school year started with the visit of Sir Clive Woodward, the coach of the 2003 World Cup-winning England team, to coincide with the Webb Ellis Cup touring the country. Sir Clive gave a motivational speech to pupils, parents, staff and guests. He also presided at the formal opening of Trinity’s strength and conditioning centre – what most people might call a “gym” – ahead of the arrival of France’s national rugby side.
“Hosting ‘Les Bleus’ during RWC 2015 was an unforgettable experience for the whole Trinity community,” Liffchak said.
The French team staged open training sessions for pupils to observe, as well as one-on-one coaching sessions and visits of players during assembly and French classes.
Trinity has since hosted the United States’ 7s squad during their build up to the Rio Olympic Games, which begin this weekend.
Trinity’s under-13s won the national rugby title and the school also boasted two England under-18s captains, with Gabriel Ibitoye captaining the England U18 side and Charlie Fatoma given the opportunity to captain the England U18 Counties team.
And while Liffchak and the schools’ players ready themselves for the awards night at Twickenham, there are also pre-season preparations underway, with the first big fixture of the new school year the derby clash with John Fisher on September 17, with the 1st XVs playing at Trinity.
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