Portsmouth rugby academy opened by World Cup winner

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A NEW rugby academy has been opened by World Cup winner Phil Vickery.

The former England captain was at Portsmouth College today to launch the new full-time academy, which is a collaboration between Portsmouth College and the Navy’s United Services Rugby Football Club.

OPENING Rugby legend Phil Vickery with Haji Mnoga from Cottage Grove Primary School, James O'Brien from Mayville School, Dan Hurd from St Swithun's School and Simon Burns, director of Rugby at United Services Rugby Football Club.   Picture: Sarah Standing (13266-5363)
OPENING Rugby legend Phil Vickery with Haji Mnoga from Cottage Grove Primary School, James O'Brien from Mayville School, Dan Hurd from St Swithun's School and Simon Burns, director of Rugby at United Services Rugby Football Club. Picture: Sarah Standing (13266-5363)

The academy will not only allow youngsters from schools across the city to try the sport, but also offer a full time course at Portsmouth College working rugby-specific qualifications into the BTEC Performance and Excellence sports courses.

The academy, which will be based at the College in Tangier Road, is open to students looking to take A-levels or study for a BTEC.

In turn fully qualified community teams will then visit any primary or secondary school within the city to run taster sessions with youngsters.

Phil said: ‘I think it’s just a fantastic facility. We have great facilities in this country to be able to do this kind of thing.

‘It just needs people with the ambition and the will to want to do it.’

 

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