‘It’s the cherry on the cake’ say Trent College’s victorious rugby team after claiming Nottingham Post Sports Award


It’s been quite a season for Trent College’s Under-18 rugby team and it was capped in glorious fashion on Thursday evening at the Post’s Sports Awards.

The teenagers from the Long Eaton school became the first side to win the National Schools Vase twice when they thumped the Royal Latin School 43-7 at Twickenham in March, after first triumphing over Exeter College in 2014.

As a reward for their achievements at the home of rugby, the side were honoured with the Under-19 School/Team of the Year crown, sponsored by Jewson, at the East Midlands Conference Centre, joining the great and good of Nottinghamshire sport on a glittering night of celebration.

Man of the match from the showpiece event at Twickenham, Charlie Livesey, admitted it was a great way to cap off a special year, and believes it’s a great boost for the school.

Trent College pictured at Twickenham

“It’s great to win against some good competition,” he told the Post.

“It’s great to be recognised, it’s the cherry on the cake. You go through the year, you win your trophy and you think it’s all done, then you come back to get recognised like this, it’s a great accolade for the school going forward, and for all the lads that you’ve played with.”

Speaking about playing at one of the most famous arenas in sport, try scorer in the final Livesey added: “It was very surreal, I don’t think it sunk in until we got on the bus to come home afterwards that we’d played at the home of rugby.

“The whole school came down (to Twickenham) so it was great to have that support.”

Head of Trent College Bill Plenty couldn’t hide his delight after seeing the team collect the crown from Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton.

“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,” he said.

The Under-19/School Team of the Year was awarded to Trent College First XV

Skipper on that famous March afternoon Jack Dickinson revelled in the event, and celebrated his double-try salvo by adding: “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.”

“It feels so good to be recognised for our achievements against some very strong and worthy nominees,” said team captain Andy Brown.

Trent beat off stern competition from Nottingham Forest’s Ladies Under-18s side, along with the Becket Rowing Club Junior Girls Squad to claim the prestigious crown.



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