George Worthington, aged 13 from Bradford, has recently been attending the England Rugby Developing Player Programme (ERDP) under 14 rugby trials, for Yorkshire Carnegie, and has been selected to train with them from September.
George said: “Well I’ve just played with West Yorkshire Carnegie for rugby union, I played for Old Brods, and they put me forward to Yorkshire Carnegie. We’ve done three trials now, and I’ve passed all three of them. I’m really excited, and I just wish it came quicker so that I could start to train with them. I’m really happy that I got in!”
“I like the contact, the physical side of rugby and the fitness behind it, it’s not all about the tries and things. It really excites me. My team and the BGS staff are really good company and its fun when we go on tours and play games and have banter with friends.”
George has had fabulous support from his Rugby Coach, Head of Rugby, John Oakes: “It’s extremely pleasing to see George progress on to the Yorkshire Carnegie development pathway. Especially when you consider he was relatively new to rugby union when joining the School in Year 7.
“Giving our pupils every opportunity to be able to go out and represent the School, and enjoy themselves while they’re doing, it is the main aim of the game. All research suggests that as part of a well-rounded education, Sport has a major part to play, particularly in support of their academic work – getting out of the classroom, burning off some energy and helping to boost mental well-being.”
George continues: “My rugby coach is great. We live near each other and we used to play for the same rugby club so that’s nice. I think going further afield, I’d like to do more of a hands on kind of job, like sport instead of office based and I’d like to pursue a rugby career.”
“I live out in the country and I like being outside, so I enjoy riding and quad biking and things like that. I don’t have gaming consoles or anything, I don’t find much interest in gaming or TV, I much prefer being out and about.”
BGS Headmaster, Simon Hinchliffe says: “George is a fantastic lad. Everyone at BGS is delighted for him and we look forward to watching his rugby career prosper. At BGS, we believe in offering a wide range of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom for personal development and growth. George models these values with his ‘get up and give it a go’ spirit encapsulated in our age old school motto ‘Hoc Age’. Well, done, George!”
George reflects on his time at BGS: “I started at BGS in Year 7, straight from primary school so that’s two years now. I really enjoy the academic side of it and it’s been really great so far. I’d definitely recommend the School to other people – I’d say it’s great for the academic side and the sports facilities are amazing!”
Find out more about BGS Sport and fixtures at www.bradfordgrammar.com/sport
“I started at BGS in Year 7, straight from primary school so that’s two years now. I really enjoy the academic side of it and it’s been really great so far. I’d definitely recommend the School to other people – I’d say it’s great for the academic side and the sports facilities are amazing!”