Long Road Sixth Form College rugby coach Richard Cowley reports:
“A huge well done to Paige Rayment, Beth Cartwright, Bronwen Jackson – Turner and Lexi Smith for competing in the AOC Sports National Championships at the weekend.
“The students formed part of the Eastern Region team and played against Wales, South West, South East, Yorkshire and Humberside, East Midlands and North West.
“This is the first time the Eastern Region had played a match together as a team, and everyone was really impressed with the teamwork shown, and the noticeable improvement and increased confidence as the weekend went on.
“The Welsh team, who went on to win the competition, commented on how the Eastern Team had been their toughest game!
“Three of the students began playing rugby at Long Road as part of the Sports Activation Programme but after developing their skills in the weekly sessions have stepped up and taken it to a competitive level. Two of these students have also now began to train at club level.
“A special mention to Bronwen, who is currently in the England Women’s U18 Talent Development Group, and who used her previous playing experience to bring the team together at the weekend.”