Silver medal for SGS, Bristol…
The Association of Colleges held their National Championships 2019 at the University of Nottingham’s David Ross Sports Village.
AoC Sport is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. They believe that sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. Their vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity. Their purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity.
Representing the South West in the Womens Rugby 7s was South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, also known as SGS College from Filton, Bristol. The college had previously won the regional final which was held at Weston-super-Mare RFC at the end of last year. The college is coached by Matt Belbin.
Two players, from North Somerset were in the team, Florence Long from Winscombe and Katie Reynolds from Weston-super-Mare. Both players who have represented Somerset played their part in some fine performances for their college.
On the first day of the tournament they played one match beating Loughborough College by 31 points to 24.
The second day saw them play four matches, winning all matches. The scores were SGS 17 South East 10, SGS 35 North West 17, SGS 29 Yorkshire and Humberside 12 and SGS 38 Eastern 5.
Going into the final day they had played five matches and won five matches. Their first match was against a strong Wales team who beat them by 22 points to 14. For their final match they got back to their winning ways by beating West Midlands by 28 points to 7.
At then end of the tournament SGS finished level on points with Wales, but unfortunately missed out on gold by a head to head ruling. In winning the Silver Medal, the team performance both on and off the pitch was a credit to their college and the South West. Well done to the team, an amazing end to another fantastic season.
SGS Filton is a dynamic, diverse, and exciting place to be, where students benefit from a supportive and personal approach to their learning. The Rugby Academy has long been a tremendous success at developing aspiring rugby talent since it was set up. All candidates for the Rugby Academy must be on a full-time course at SGS College. They offer academic opportunities from BTEC qualifications, A-Levels, Higher National Diplomas and Degree courses.