FOOTBALL: District School teams back after a decade

The Under 16s
The Under 16s

Support needed to add Under 18s team next year

District Schools Football has returned to Rugby thanks to the combined efforts of some dedicated teaching staff, local business and community sports links. After more than a decade without representative teams in the town, this important step in the footballing pyramid has been given the attention it deserves as it bids to help young footballers develop and showcase their abilities.

The Under 12s

The Under 12s

PE staff in the borough have been working hard over a number of years to improve the quality of schools football and ensure that things were in place to reinstate representative sides, from training child welfare officers to sourcing new kit, it has finally come together.

It couldn’t have happened without the support of local business TW TYRES of Paynes Lane, Rugby, whose enthusiasm and sponsorship has enabled the purchase of four kits to run Primary U11s, and Secondary U12s, U14s and U16s sides.

They are also grateful to Rugby Town FC, for the use of their fantastic facilities for training and to host matches, and they hope that with the club’s continued support, students from the town will be able to play at the best facilities outside of professional academies.

They would like to thank Mark Lyons from Northampton Town FC, for running training sessions and organising games for the district teams against Northampton Town FC’s Elite and Academy squads, meaning the students benefit from both excellent coaching as well as the chance to test themselves against the very players they hope to depose in the future. The district set up has already had one player signed by Northampton Town FC and they hope more will have similar opportunities in the future.

The U12 squad played their first game against Wolverhampton, a much larger and well established district set up. The boys narrowly lost 3-4 and played very well under the leadership of Mr Ellis. What was especially pleasing was the way students who are usually rivals for inter schools football, played with a fantastic togetherness, and lived up to the borough’s motto ‘pro diligo of venatus’ - for the love of the game.

Also pictured in their new kits that highlight the towns traditional colours of white, sky blue and navy blue are the U16 team before their recent training session with TW representatives Natalie Furner and Daniel Lambert, Coach Mark Lyons of NTFC and District Secretary & U16 Manager Tim Orford.

Rugby District Schools FA is hoping to expand to include an U18 team for next year. If you would like to help District Schools Football achieve its goals please contact Mr Orford at Ashlawn School on (01788) 573425 orfordt@ashlawn.org.uk