New age groups and new rules for rugby this term with more to come next season especially for the U13/12 age groups. Overall it has been a very successful season in terms of progress made and results achieved. I am very fortunate to have a very talented group of enthusiastic coaches who have worked tirelessly to improve the boys’ rugby over the course of the last few months with notable success in many areas. In addition I would like to thank our gappers without whom it would not be possible to put out the number of teams that we do almost every week. In all we have played 80 fixtures with a further 12 having to be cancelled due to the weather.

The Under 8’s under Mr Clark and Mr Smith with great help from Mr V d M have had a mixed season in terms of results however, as many of the boys were playing the game for the first time, they have made excellent progress. It is a pity that we could not arrange more C team games but with more boys in each team next year and established C fixtures I will endeavour to rectify this as I do try to give every boy the opportunity to represent the school if it is safe to do so.

The Under 9‘s under the tutelage of Mr Jenkins, Mr Ansboro and Mr McGuigan have had a remarkable season as at the time of writing have been victorious in 10 out of their 13 fixtures! Pride of place must go to the B’s who have been undefeated with just Caterham to come. Equally importantly we managed to find a game for every boy in the group which is wonderful.

Under 10’s was a new age group playing under the new rules with 8 a side. A small number of boys in this year made life tough however they were never down hearted and with the ever enthusiastic Mr Pinnock at the helm the boys managed to secure a couple of wins towards the end of the season.

Mr Ansboro took the new Under 11 group now playing 9 a side with a plethora of new rules and restrictions. As expected it was not long before the coach had the boys clear on their objectives and, considering the number of boys available for selection managed to secure a number of notable victories and their rugby skills have come a very long way in what is a very short season.

The senior group managed to put out 2 teams from 29 boys which is no mean feat in itself and I have been impressed in the way the boys have approached not only the matches but also the training sessions. The 2nd’s, who were very ably led by the newest member of the department, Mr Serjeant, had a very good season and the number of Year 7’s stepping up bodes well for next season. The 1st’s  having not won before Christmas didn’t lose afterwards so whatever they had over the festive season, more next year please!

A big thank you to Mr Clark and Mr VdM for running the senior hockey and especially for giving up a number of Monday evenings to take the matches. It is invaluable in introducing the boys to a sport that many of them will encounter at Senior school.

In conclusion another good term outside for the Copthorne boys despite the worst efforts of the British climate. A big thank you to Neal the groundsman and his staff for providing us with the best prep school pitches in Sussex and lastly, but not least, a big thank you to all the parent supporters and I hope that you have enjoyed watching the boys as much as we have coaching them.

Jeremy Coulson

Director of Sport