Rugby has a very strong tradition at King Edward’s School and a great history of success. Focused predominantly in the Autumn Term (although a 7s rugby programme operates in the Spring Term) the School fields up to13 teams from U12 to 1st XV. Teams are offered at A, B (and if numbers permit C XV or 3rd XV level). The fixture card is balanced and challenging, with the majority of fixtures taking place on Saturdays.
Boys’ rugby benefits from a superb team of committed and very experienced coaching staff, which include RFU Level 2 and Level 3 coaches. The general focus of all rugby in the school is on safety, enjoyment and skill development, whilst building competitive and honest young sportsmen and teams.
Each year group has the opportunity to attend pre-season rugby sessions at the end of the Summer holidays, and boys have the opportunity for pre-season Strength and Conditioning (S&C) work in the Summer Term. During the Autumn Term, boys receive a weekly two hour games session at our Bathampton playing fields during the school day, which focuses on the development of individual and team skills, game awareness, and ensuring that our players are contact ready. In addition, boys participate in a weekly after school training session, which tends to have an emphasis on preparing teams for fixtures. There has been increased focus on functional movement work with our rugby players, and an increasing provision of S&C opportunities to ensure that they are fit for the stresses that rugby can place upon joints and young bodies. The use of video analysis has allowed players a greater understanding of coaching points, patterns of play and skill development, both individually and as a team.
External coaching links are utilised where possible to supplement and support our in house coaching programme. Senior rugby players have benefitted from training sessions delivered by Bath Rugby's Academy coaching team, with recent years seeing sessions at Bath Rugby's Farleigh training centre on their 3G pitch. Our overseas tour programme has has a significant impact on the success of KES Rugby in the past two decades, with players of all abilities participating and making major improvements in individual skills, attitude and teamwork.
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Whilst these large scale tours are often spectacular and have significant influences on personal development both on and off the pitch, the role of shorter trips, such as pre-season training camps (France and Wales), pre-season festivals (Macclesfield, Devon) or The Rosslyn Park National 7s, must not be underestimated. They are just as important in enhancing our rugby provision and development and in cementing the ethos of KES Rugby in our young sportsmen.