National disappointment spurs on u15 team in county final

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Welland Park Academy’s under-15 rugby team narrowly missed out on reaching the final of the prestigious national U15 NatWest Vase after a hotly contested match.

The team travelled to Allianz Park in London on March 18, home of Aviva Premiership team Saracens, where they faced off against last year’s winners – Dr Challoner’s Grammar School.

Despite a huge effort from the Harborough side in a very evenly matched game, the final score was 10-8 to Dr Challoner’s.

A spokesman for Welland Park Academy said: “This was a resounding result for Welland Park’s debut to a game at this level.

“Getting to the last four teams nationally reflects the sterling work of the boys and Jason Button, head of PE, and Sam Blades who have coached the team.”

Brushing aside their disappointment in the national event, the same team played away at Leicester Grammar School in the County Cup Final on March 21.

This time, the Harborough boys were victorious – playing extremely well and winning the final by an impressive margin of 43–5.

The spokesman added; “This is the third year running that this particular team have won the County Cup. They won at under-13 and under-14 level and now under-15.

“We look forward to continued successes for them.

“Our principal, Julie McBrearty, also welcomes the warm support demonstrated by students, staff and parents with large attendances at many of the home and away games.”

Several members of Welland Park Academy’s squad are already involved with the Leicester Tigers.

Will Adams, Ben Marshall, Tom Melody, Charlie Power, and Seth Vials are all part of the under-15 Player Development Group at the Premiership club while Tom Wainwright is part of the under-15 Developing Player Programme.

Jake Sterland, Shea Harley, and Ewan Jones are also part of the under-14 Developing Player Programme.

Mr Button, the academy’s head of PE, also recently won the Real Rugby Heroes Award 2017 and attended an event at Twickenham.

The award is given by England Rugby to those who beaver away in the background, largely unheralded, for rugby and the school.