Bath RFC Juniors (boys and girls) are gratefully supported by King Edward’s School Bath who are the primary partner for the 2021/22 season.
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 including The National 7’s Competition at Rosslyn Park across all age groups) the School fields up to 15 teams from U12 to 1st XV. Teams are offered at A, B (and if numbers permit C XV or 3rd XV level).
Boys’ rugby benefits from a superb team of committed and very experienced coaching staff, which include RFU Level 2, 3 and 4 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 Strength and Conditioning (S&C) work throughout the year. 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. 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.
Providing an opportunity for our pupils to tour is an integral part of what we do, ranging from pre-season tours (August 2019 – France) to longer haul experiences as mentioned below. Touring has had 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.
Representative rugby in the last decade has been well represented by KES boys at district, regional, academy and national level. Several players have moved on to professional contracts at both Premiership and Championship sides. Notable successes of former pupils include Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby Team and England), James Caitlin (England U16) and most recently Max Ojomoh (Bath Rugby and England UXX)
Sean Lilley, Head of Rugby at KES
“Schools and local clubs alike play a vital part in encouraging young players to learn and develop their rugby skills from an early age. At King Edward’s School, we provide excellent opportunities for our pupils to participate and develop in a supportive and safe environment which is delivered through a well-structured and high-quality coaching programme. Pupils get the opportunity to represent the School to not only enhance their skills and understanding of the game, but to also build strong relationships and share experiences based on the values of both the School and Rugby Union.
“We are proud that some of our players move further along the pathway to gain representation in the Bath Rugby Academy Programme, as well as many others who continue to play for their local club or University. We very much look forward to developing our links with the Bath RFC community for the good of the game and to support the ambitions of young players.”
Craig Lilley, Bath Rugby Academy Manager
“KES provides a holistic programme which focuses on participation but also offers the opportunity to maximise potential through excellent coaching and differentiated competitive fixtures. A number of young men have been developed within the programme at KES and have been selected as part of our Academy squad. Max Ojomoh is the latest to have made his Premiership debut last season and has recently been called up to the England squad. Our relationships and partnerships with schools and clubs are crucial to the player pathway and to our ability to provide a long-term approach to player development.”
Bath RFC thank all our partners who help make it all possible