RFU back St Thomas More Rugby for future success

by Miss Flynn and Mr Knowles

In recognition of consistent commitment and success in rugby fixtures and festivals over the past two years, St Thomas More RC Academy has been selected by the RFU (Rugby Football Union) to receive a £10 000 grant towards further developing Rugby at STM. 

Working in partnership with North Shields Rugby Club, the grant will be used to support staff and student training with experienced coaches and transport costs to festivals and fixtures.  It also includes a full Canterbury squad kit that we will design with them, with additional team kits in the coming years.  Here are some of the thoughts from our students regarding the grant:

Billy Bloomfield 8S – “I believe that this money will expand the opportunities that we will get as a school. The new kits will bring us closer together as a team. The new equipment will encourage more people to join in with the sport, making us a bigger and better school team. The coaches can teach us the core values of Rugby that will make us a great team.”

Matty Penhall 10H – “This money will help us because we will be able to get training from coaches so we can do well in the festivals. The two new sets of strips will be great for us”

Casey Stubbs 9T – “The girls rugby team love playing in competitive matches and going to training, however we have previously sometimes had limited opportunities. This grant will help us to improve as a team and compete against other schools. This grant will also give us the opportunity to get a new rugby strip to wear for competitions and make us more recognisable and confident as a team”

Congratulations to all staff and students who have been involved in Rugby at STM over the past few years and who have made this grant possible.  Follow @STM_PE to keep up with the most up to date Rugby news.