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Bede's Rugby teams have always been known as competitive, talented and passionate.

Coaching is particularly tailored to enabling individuals within our teams to excel. We drive players onto higher levels, a process which is helped by the school's close links with local club sides and county set ups. We have a competitive fixture list across the county, and games most weekends in the Autumn term.

A number of our boys compete at a high level outside of school, with a recent past pupil being England and Harlequins Prop Rob Buchanan. Current Sixth Former Harry Reilly now plays for Ireland as part of their U19 squad, and U5th pupil Josh Novell has recently begun playing with the Welsh Exiles. Many of our students are involved in the county set ups, across Sussex, Kent and further afield, at all age groups. 

Rugby at Bede's is inclusive, looking to encourage new players in an enjoyable atmosphere and raise the goals of our more experienced athletes. Our teams compete in both 15-a-side fixtures and in 7's tournaments on a local and national level. Our U15 and U16 teams have had success in the recent county 7's competitions, winning the plate and reaching the semi-finals respectively. 

Our overall aim is to develop the technical ability, physical strength and a sense of sportsmanship in all players, which goes hand in hand with the ethos of Rugby as a game 'played by gentlemen'. The excellent facilities at Bede's allow a personally tailored fitness regime for the elite players. 

We see it as our honour to help every player realise their potential, encouraging them to acknowledge the things they can do to support their own development as individuals. The school also runs regular trips to International matches, both in the Autumn and 6 Nations competitions, and plan to begin running regular trips to see Premiership matches.

Each of our coaches works tirelessly to ensure this happens.

Neil Stannard
The best part of being a teacher is seeing that ‘Eureka’ moment when a pupil understands something for the first time.

Neil Stannard, Head of Religious Studies, Head of Rugby and Knights House Tutor

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