The first term of the academic year might have flown by, but there have been plenty of opportunities for the College’s Sports Teams to attend training sessions to improve their overall fitness and perfect their technique, as well as compete in a series of matches. Here’s a roundup of how they’ve got on since September:
This term has seen a new regime for Rugby at Reigate College with the introduction of training on Friday mornings and help from the RFU in the form of Henry Birch who has joined the coaching staff for the season. The squad is almost entirely Lower Sixth students, so they’ve had to bond quickly and it’s been a steep learning curve. So far there have been a couple of wins, a couple of losses but the team is improving all the time and shows faultless commitment and attitude. A final highlight for the term came in their 38-0 win against local rivals St Bede’s.
The Women’s Rugby team has taken great strides forward this year with both the appointment of a designated coach, Nick Waterton (coach at Warlingham RFC), and the introduction of weekly training sessions. There have been many more opportunities for fixtures, and the team has benefitted from working with Harris Academy. This has involved competing against them several times throughout the season, and joining in with their own development programme, led by England International twins Poppy and Bryony Cleall.
Men’s 1st Team Football
The Men’s 1st Team has had a strong start to the year with some excellent wins. Lee Peacock has been the top goal scorer and there have also been impressive performances from midfield duo Ryan Shortland and Matt Parlett.
Men’s 2nd Team Football
The team has had an incredible start to the season with four wins from four matches, putting them top of the league and into the second round of the AoC Cup. They have demonstrated a great attitude towards the game, and things are looking very positive for next term.
Men’s 3rd Team Football
There have been some great results so far and the team is yet to lose a game. Top goal scorer Callum Holder (nine goals) has stood out in particular.
The Mixed Hockey Team started the season strongly by winning the Hurtwood Tournament. They have only lost once the whole term, and this was against Godalming, who have several England players in their squad. The team is improving all the time, and boasts one student in the England development squad and another who’s recently attended the England colleges’ trials.
The 25-strong squad has demonstrated outstanding commitment and motivation this term. The A team has played some tough games with very close scores; the B team ‘dream team’ has shown a huge improvement, winning the majority of their matches so far.
Piers Cox, Head of Extra Curricular, is responsible for the College’s Sports Teams. He commented, “The College attracts some extremely able and accomplished sports people – not just those playing in College teams, but students from a huge range of sports. Two of my priorities this year have been to strengthen our line-up of coaches, and firm up the commitment shown by students playing for Collee teams, by means of a Players’ Contract. Both are already paying dividends.”
We wish all our sports people a fantastic Christmas break and look forward to more great matches next term.
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