Every year, the Association of Colleges South East Rugby Team play in the prestigious AoC National Championships. Now entering its 40th year, the National Championships are a celebration of competitive sport in colleges and remains the largest annual student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,700 college students taking part last year.
This year the South-East team was plagued with numerous different Women’s Rugby events falling on the same weekend (20-22nd April), however the South East were still able to select a competitive team with seven out of eleven girls coming from the Worthing College’s Women’s Rugby Sporting Excellence programme. Teya Ashworth and Lucy Relf were also selected to joint Captain the team over the weekend.
During the weekend, the South-East team won a total of 4 games, losing 4, with notable games against the AoC Welsh National team and West Midlands. Player of the tournament goes to Teya Ashworth, which capped a great week for her, as on the Wednesday before she received her first England U18 cap against the Wales U19’s.
“For the College to have such a high representation in the South-East team again, shows the Women’s Rugby program remains the strongest in the South East. Over 40+ female players were open for selection to the squad and to have seven out of eleven, plus five girls unavailable for selection due to being picked for Harlequins RFC, shows the depth in the Women’s rugby programme at the College” Said Mark Rugman, Women’s Rugby Sporting Excellence Academy Manager.
AoC South East Team from Worthing College included: