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Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.

ISI 2013

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The aims of the rugby programme are ambitious and challenging. We seek to fully maximise each players’ potential, providing them with the necessary environment and culture to achieve that. The fixture list is challenging and diverse, but ultimately extremely competitive with fixtures against top school, county and academy sides in England and Wales.

All players are encouraged to seek representative standard when appropriate and the school enjoys positive links with the major organisations that coordinate player pathways to higher levels of the sport. It is common for the First XV to include numerous County players and it is not uncommon for these to go on to trial at South West region level and beyond. We have had three international accolades since 2010, further players go on to regional selection and numerous others have achieved representative honours through the Celtic nations Exiles programmes.

Further rugby experiences are also high on the agenda at Plymouth College, with the aim being to broaden horizons, enhance playing experience and provide the team with an opportunity to enjoy a global aspect of the sport. Since 2001, we have toured to Australia, South America, Canada and South Africa (4 times). The next proposed tour is to New Zealand and Australia in 2017 when, in addition to playing rugby on the far side of the world, the squad will get the opportunity to follow the British and Irish Lions up close as they undertake their test series out there.

 

However, it is important that our rugby players acknowledge the responsibilities and expectations associated with being part of the Plymouth College Rugby Team. The values and ethics that underpin the side, such as discipline, teamwork, identity, humility, hard work and sportsmanship are constantly reinforced with Senior Rugby players expected to be good role models and positive ambassadors for Plymouth College and rugby union. The aim is to look beyond performances on the pitch alone to a far bigger picture of the individual and their holistic development in readiness for the wider challenges in life.

Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.

ISI 2013
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