Worthing College has for the second year provided local club and school rugby players the opportunity to participate in a rugby skills and conditioining programme. The ‘booster’ sessions held over 9 weeks at the new college campus were split between Monday evening skills sessions on the floodlit netball courts and new rugby pitch at the front of the college. While the Tuesday evening conditioning sessions took place in the new, state of the art college gym and conditioning ‘Long Room’. In all 30 students attended the sessions across the nine week period showing both the commitment and desire required to be a successful student at Worthing College.
Rugby programme coach Sam Hewick said “The students have worked really hard and there is obviously lots of talent to choose from in the local schools and clubs.” When talking about the booster programme itself he went on to say “It’s demanding and challenging on various levels and the players take huge credit for their attitude when performing and completing the programme.”
Rugby coach Ben Coulson said “I am so excited to be working with these motivated young men, they are balancing the academic side of school with the benefits of rugby. Therefore showing the level of maturity needed to be a successful student here at college.” Going on to say “This programme is just a taste of the experience they will have in September, should they make it through the trials process.”
The programme was supported by the very impressive personal training apprentices who put the students through their paces evey Tuesday evening after college. Apprentice Jack Ware said “I’m proud to have been working with the ‘newbies’ and now looking forward to seeing their progress over the next two years at Worthing (College).”
The sessions led into the first of the two trials and has given the players a chance to get to grips with the style of coaching before coming to college. A measure of success of the Booster Sessions could be that 29 out of the 30 students attended the trials on Wednesday. Coulson went on to say “Exciting times ahead for the rugby programme, lots of motivated and tallented students at the trials, there are going to be some tough decisions to be made in the selection of the two squads!”