Leicester Tigers choose Wisbech Grammar as the home for one of eight of their junior player development programmes

Director of Sport, Mr Phil Webb; Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley; Chair of Governing Body, Dr Dennis Bar

Director of Sport, Mr Phil Webb; Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley; Chair of Governing Body, Dr Dennis Barter; Guest of Honour, Dr Patricia Mucavele OBE; Head Boy, Oliver Short (Kings Lynn); Head Girl, Ellen Bunker (Heacham); Head of Rugby, Mr Alex Laybourne; Captain 1st Team Rugby, Henry Thornton (Wisbech). - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Grammar School has been selected by England’s most successful rugby club to become one of eight developing player programme centres in the country.

Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley; Chair of Governing Body, Dr Dennis Barter; Guest of Honour, Dr Patricia

Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley; Chair of Governing Body, Dr Dennis Barter; Guest of Honour, Dr Patricia Mucavele OBE; Head Boy, Oliver Short (Kings Lynn); Head Girl, Ellen Bunker (Heacham); Maddie Booth (Wisbech); Thomas Culshaw (Wisbech); Victoria Murphy (Wisbech). - Credit: Archant

Leicester Tigers will start the programme in September 2016.

Headmaster Chris Staley said: “This is a major step on the elite player pathway. Players are selected from this programme into the full Tigers Academy.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work in partnership with a premiership rugby club with a reputation for excellence.

“To have the very best U14s, U15s and U16s at Wisbech Grammar on a regular basis from September is such a positive step forward and will further enhance our sporting offer.


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“I am confident that in the years to come, the school will make more equally high profile sporting partnerships to ensure that pupils have access to outstanding sporting provision.”

Junior academy manager, Jamie Taylor, said: “We are delighted to be moving our centre to Wisbech Grammar School from September. Their first class facilities and set up will make it an excellent venue.”

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The development builds on the school’s growing reputation for sporting excellence following the announcement earlier this year that it is to launch an elite sports performance programme from September to develop further those pupils with elite sports potential.

Speaking at the school’s speech day Mr Staley said the Rookies netball club will be transferring its training ground to the school. This long-standing club nurtures and develops young talent and has fast tracked many girls into satellite and county academies.

The club has just won the East Counties regional contest and is going to the nationals in September.

• Prize winners in first form: Eden Chamberlain James, Eva Miller, Harry Davis, Mary Naylor, Benjamin Eden, Lucy Pealling

• Second Form: Matilda Kerman-Staley, Shravan Sharma, Isabella Pope, Alan Taylor, Silvi Rathod, Beatrice Winder

• Third Form: Gabrielle Ayling, Lui Sim Lim, Sanket Goni, Harry Sayer, Kelly He, Molly Sears

• Fourth Form: Charlotte Brett, Demelza Mason, Benjamin Hamilton, Alice Newman, William Lankfer, Kristina Tunnard

• Fifth Form: Eden Cooper, Harriet Munson, Anna Kober, Jack Sidgwick, Zachariah Lee, Rajveer Sira, Cassia Lemon, Luke Temple

• Lower Sixth Form: Waleed Asif, Kevin Gunasekara, Kimberley Calleja, Isabelle Hall, Thomas Clabon, Ben Martin, Richeldis France, Benjamin York

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