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Since the beginning of this session our Under 15 rugby team has been going from strength to strength. Matches against Inverness Royal Academy, Nairn Academy and Gordonstoun have allowed us to develop a group of enthusiastic young players.
On the 28th of March, our S1 and 2 players were able to attend a Rugby Festival at Highland Rugby Club. This was a fantastic opportunity to receive training from specialist SRU coaches and play competitive matches against other schools from the region.
Charleston Academy played extremely well against more experienced teams and I was extremely proud of their performance. Training for S1 to S3 is held every Monday afterschool between 3:30 and 4:40pm. Any pupils interested in taking part are more than welcome to come along.
Mr Stuart Buchanan, Geography Department
On the 14th June four Charleston Academy pupils headed off on a Rugby trip to France. Aidan Kent (4S1), Alex Murray (4K1), Cameron Kent (2S1) and Angus McEwan (2K2) had all been selected to take part in Highland Rugby Club’s trip to La Baule, France, which is a town twinned with Inverness. Aidan Kent wrote of the trip,
“It was a long trip, which meant travelling through the night and two flights. Once we finally arrived, we were welcomed by the town mayor at a formal dinner. There was a presentation and they talked about hoping to visit Inverness in 2014. On Saturday 16 the rugby club split into 4 teams: U13s A and B and U15s A and B side. Each team played two games (La Baule and a mixed French team). The La Baule U15 side had some great players yet it was no match for Highlands A team as they beat them 20-5. At the end of the day both the U13s and U15s were awarded with a trophy for winning the tournament.
Each night we gathered in the town hall for a cultural meal and speeches from various men and women who had a big role in sports within La Baule. By the end of each night the French were wanting to learn more and more of our ceilidh dances and hear more of the unfamiliar sound of the bagpipes.”
The four boys were selected from a large number of players and needed to fundraise money to lower the cost of the trip. One successful fundraiser was a ‘sponsored touch game’ where each Highland squad played 2 hours of non-stop rugby. Once each team had played their 2 hours, the club had finally managed to keep the ball moving for 12 hours. This raised a total of £1800.
The four boys were excellent ambassadors for Charleston Academy, Highland Rugby Club and Scotland. Well done.
Aidan Kent, 4S1
Our S1/S2 Rugby Team had an fantastic (but freezing!) afternoon on Friday. Around 250 boys and girls attended a rugby festival at the canal pitches hosted by the Scottish Rugby Union. Games were coached with an emphasis on learning through the flow of the game itself. Coaching sessions were run by coaches from allover the Highlands and included the advice and coaching from Colin Baillie OBE. National Age-group coach, Colin Sangster also led sessions.
While our boys played their opening match, staff went to receive the very latest CPD on offer from the SRU. It was great excitement on the return to the field to discover Charleston had posted their first win of the afternoon! One more victory was to follow with two defeats, plenty of bumps and bruises and loads of stories to share.
Hospitality was given in the clubhouse afterwards – a very welcome hot cup of soup and sandwiches which helped us warm up! The boys worked hard all afternoon – they respected the referees and other players, always demonstrating good manners. Captain, Cameron Kent led by example guiding his team-mates who were more than ready to rise to the challenge.
All in all, a fabulous afternoon of rugby. I’m sure the boys will be keen to get their next fixture soon!
Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Teacher