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Trent’s history-making Under 18 National Schools Vase-winning rugby team have been crowned the Nottingham Post Sports Awards Under-19/School Team of the Year.
At a glittering ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham last night (Thursday 26 October), the boys’ achievements in becoming the first side to win the Vase twice, after a 43-7 victory over the Royal Latin School at Twickenham in March, were recognised with the prestigious county Under-19/School Team award.
Four of the Vase-winning XV were on hand to collect the award - Jack Dickinson, who skippered the team at Twickenham and scored two tries in the final, team captain Andy Brown, Twickenham man-of-the-match and scorer of the fourth try, Charlie Livesey, and all-action loosehead prop, Fred Hendry-Briars.
Trent were one of three finalists in their category, alongside Becket Rowing Club Junior Girls Squad and Nottingham Forest Ladies Under 18s.
Jack said: “The award is testament to the longevity of rugby at Trent College, which goes from strength to strength. It is great to be part of the legacy.”
Andy said: “It feels so good to be recognised for our achievements against some very strong and worthy nominees.”
Also representing the school at the ceremony, run in association with Sport Nottinghamshire, were Mr Penty, one of the team coaches and former Scotland international, Chris Gray, and Deputy Head (Co-curricular), Ms Lucy Matthews. The current U18s squad, including Vase-winning Head Coach, Steve McGinnis, and a number of the Twickenham team, are on tour in Canada.
Mr Penty added: “This is a wonderful accolade for a fantastic group of players and for the school as a whole. It is a tribute to them and to the strength and breadth of all that the school has to offer."
While last year’s First XV celebrate their latest honour, this year’s team continue their quest to defend the title when they face Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, Loughborough, in the Vase fourth round in the week commencing 6 November. We previously met Welbeck in round two of last year’s Vase, with our team running out 38-10 winners.
The Nottingham Post Sports Awards were hosted by Sky Sports’ David Garrido and ITV Weather Presenter, Emma Jesson.
Earlier this year, Trent was ranked the top independent school for sport in the East Midlands, and 25th nationally, in School Sport Magazine - the nation’s leading school sport publication. Our school was the only East Midlands school to feature in the top 30 and one of only two schools in the Midlands to be included.