YOUNG rugby players enrolling on the Richard Huish College high performance programme this September will find themselves being taught by the best coaches in the county and playing on the best rugby surface in Somerset.
That is the belief of Chris Heal, former head coach at Bridgwater and Albion, who is the Director of Rugby at the Taunton campus.
Heal has been the driving force behind developing the college’s link with Bristol Bears Academy and the creation of a brand new club and pitch on Ash Meadows Park.
He said: “Students who join our rugby programme here will have some of the best coaches in the county working with them and have got the opportunity to follow their dream to play at the top level. They will be well-educated, well-coached and well-supported so this is a wonderful opportunity for local talent to get the chance of playing at the top level.
“Students have got the opportunity in Taunton and South and West Somerset to become part of a professional academy with a premiership club who are working with us and this is something which has never been available before locally.”
Certainly Huish have moved up several notches with their fixture programme for the forthcoming season which now features matches with Clifton College and Colston’s, two of Bristol’s iconic rugby playing schools, and a short trip over the road to play Kings College, plus trips to play Welsh Colleges Under 18s which will be a rugby education in many ways.
Heal said: “We are also playing matches on Saturdays against Clevedon RFC, Hornets RFC, Cleve RFC, and Dings Crusaders U18s so we will be giving the students the very best experiences.
“Students in this area have now got a wonderful opportunity to join us and become part of something that nobody else in the county has got.
“Bristol Bears have now got two Academy centres – SGS Filton in the north and Richard Huish College in the south of their catchment area – so our job now is to get on with it and give our students the opportunities.”
As soon as they are allowed RHC will be running some training camps for Year 10s and these will be announced just as soon as they are allowed to start playing again, and the coaches for these will come from Bristol Bears.
Heal added: “Everything is now in place for this exciting new development to take off, so we want to hear from any Year 10 students who want the opportunity to develop their game to the highest level.”
Those wishing to find out more about this exciting development can should contact Chris Heal on email@example.com