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Trent’s history-making Under 18 National Schools Vase-winning rugby team will be hoping to make it two trophies in a year after being shortlisted as a finalist for the Nottingham Post Sports Awards Under 19/School Team of the Year.
In March, we became the first team to win the U18 National Schools Vase twice after a convincing 43-7 victory over the Royal Latin School at Twickenham, exactly three years to the day after lifting the trophy for the first time in 2014.
We will find out if they have been successful when the awards, run in association with Sport Nottinghamshire, take place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, on Thursday 26 October. Also nominated in the Under 19/School Team of the Year category are Becket Rowing Club Junior Girls Squad and Nottingham Forest Ladies Under 18s.
Adam Benstead, Director of Sport, said: “This nomination is great testament to everyone who played their part in the boys’ success last year. So many people contributed, from the players and coaches to the physios and school ground staff, who always ensure the pitches are in top condition, and staff that support all students with positive psychology both in and out of the classroom.
"You can’t have success without everyone pulling in the same direction and that was certainly true of this group. They set the example for everyone else to follow in terms of their attitude and behaviours.”
While last year’s First XV wait to find out if their heroics will be recognised with the award, this year’s team will continue their quest to defend the title when they go head-to-head with our 2016-17 semi-final opponents, The Perse School, Cambridge in round three of the 2017-18 Vase today.
2017 has been a memorable sporting year for us as we have been named the top ranked independent school for sport in the East Midlands, and 25th nationally, in School Sport Magazine - the nation’s leading school sport publication - in January. Trent was the only East Midlands school to feature in the top 30 and one of only two schools in the Midlands to be included.
In addition, a number of our school teams qualified for their national finals in hockey (indoor and outdoor), netball and tennis, including four of the girls’ outdoor hockey teams (U13, U14, U16, U18) making it to the nationals in the same year for the first time.
This is the sixth edition of the Nottingham Post Sports Awards, which are being hosted by Sky Sports’ David Garrido and ITV Weather Presenter, Emma Jesson.
Head Bill Penty said: “It is a fantastic honour for the school to be nominated for this award and the whole school is very proud of the team’s achievements. I look forward to going to the awards and wish the boys every success on the night.”