Jason Leonard presents Rugby Award

Judgemeadow has received a special Gold Standard award from the Rugby Football Union (R.F.U.) for the work it has done to introduce rugby to its students.

The award, presented by R.F.U. President Jason Leonard is to celebrate the success of Judgemeadow in ensuring its rugby programme is sustainable through teacher-led curriculum delivery and fixtures for all year groups. Judgemeadow Community College also offers a girls’ rugby programme and has developed strong links to various local rugby clubs.

Our College is one of 15 of the 400 schools currently involved with the All Schools programme to have received a Gold Standard award. The R.F.U. has made these awards during the Rugby World Cup to demonstrate the great work that is going on around the nation to ensure there is a real and sustainable legacy from the tournament.

  • Judgemeadow Community College joined the All Schools Rugby Development Programme three years ago and is now in its fourth successful year.
  • All students received Rugby coaching within Lessons and this encouraged many students throughout all year groups (7-11) to join the after school clubs.
  • There can be up to 50 students turn up to play after school.

RFU President Jason said:
“It was great to come here to Judgemeadow today and present this award. Judgemeadow Community College is a fantastic example of how rugby can be integrated into a school and it was great to hear from teachers and students today about the impact the sport has been having. I’m sure as they continue building their rugby programme they will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Ms Leanne Taylor (Head of PE), said:
“The All Schools Rugby development programme has inspired many students to play rugby throughout all year groups. All students at Judgemeadow have had the opportunity within lessons to be coached by R.F.U. coaches and Players, this has in turn inspired the students to join our boys and girls school teams and Rugby teams across Leicester. The success of the programme has meant that even more students take part in Rugby and many students now have an enthusiasm and lifelong love of Rugby. We were also proud to have hosted the Rugby World cup tour at Judgemeadow, where we were lucky enough to have Will Greenwood (England World cup winner) Ian Richie (R.F.U. chairman) and Ikram Butt (Founder of Asian Rugby Association) at the event.

Tiah Gore (Year 10 student), said:
“I have gained many new skills from my experience of rugby at Judgemeadow. This has given me the confidence to play many more different sports.

Tamisha Kotecha (Year 10 student), said:
“ I thoroughly enjoy playing rugby at Judgemeadow, I have made lots of new friends and I am proud to be the college's Rugby Schools Ambassador."

All Schools, supported by principal partner CBRE, plans to take rugby to 750 more state secondary schools by 2019 as part of the R.F.U.’s World Cup legacy plans. Schools are identified in regional clusters and supported over three years with a tailored programme to meet its individual needs, including links to local clubs. By establishing relationships with rugby clubs it will help the school and club to retain more players and grow the game.

Pictured below are a few images of the very special occasion for Judgemeadow: