Last Updated: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Rugby Academy Success

North Lindsey College student has made his debut for Scunthorpe Rugby’s 1st team.

The Rugby Academy at North Lindsey College has gone from strength-to-strength over the last three years with North Lindsey College students benefitting from qualified coaching from Scunthorpe 1st team player Sam Morgan.

Part of the success story is Level 3 Personal Training and Rugby Academy student, Joshua Sarsfield (18), who made his debut with Scunthorpe Rugby (RUFC) 1st team this month. 

“It is fantastic that Josh has been involved with, and now made his debut for Scunthorpe 1st team. Josh attends every training session and is now captain of the Rugby Academy.” Said Ian Hamilton (Curriculum Leader, Sport and Uniformed Services).  He continued, “The reason we set the academy up was to improve the performance of our players and see them continue their rugby development into Scunthorpe RUFC. Josh has outstanding qualities for his age and is also a coach at the Rugby Club for the junior section. Hopefully Josh will be the first of many to come through the North Lindsey College Rugby Academy and play for Scunthorpe RUFC 1st team.”

Tim Robinson, Scunthorpe RUFC’s 1st Team Coach said, “It was fantastic to see Josh Sarsfield come off the bench and play the last 20 minutes away at Luctonians in a Midlands Premier league game for the 1st team. Massive credit must go to all those people involved in the pathway through the mini-junior section and the North Lindsey Rugby Academy which has helped Josh get to this point in his rugby career.’

Sam Morgan from the Scunthorpe Rugby 1st Team, also comes into North Lindsey College on a Wednesday and a Tuesday to coach the College students, helping to develop their skills required to continue with the sport. Sam said of Josh, “I was delighted to see him make his debut, it shows the rest of the squad that anything is possible if you work hard, he deserved the opportunity and now he has had a taste of being in the first team he’ll use this as motivation to continue to develop.”

Joshua Sarsfield said, “The College gives me the opportunity, particularly through the academy to train and play twice a week.  My skills have also improved through changing and trying different positions as well as being captain over the last two years.  Anyone can play rugby and I would like to see even more training and more participants in the future.”