Cheltenham College played in the first inter-school rugby football match against Rugby School. Following the match, 'Cheltenham Rules' were adopted by the Rugby Football Union in 1887.
Rugby remains the main sport for boys at College during the Autumn Term. The fixture list continues to provide pupils with the opportunity to compete at the highest level, against some of the top independent rugby schools in the South West.
It is a testament to the regard with which rugby is held at College that a school with less than 400 boys can still compete with larger all-boys’ schools. College sides have a reputation for free-flowing and skillful rugby that harks back to the original ideals of the sides in the late 1800s.
At the center of Cheltenham College’s coaching philosophy are key fundamentals that we believe bring the best out of our pupils:
- Increase number of touches per player per session
- Endorse gameplay as much as possible
- Encourage leadership within the pupils
- Construct a challenging environment where pupils improve resilience
- Develop fundamentals skills and techniques.
As a result of our endeavor to achieve these principles, each player will improve skills such as flair, hard work, commitment and teamwork which will enable them to become well-rounded individuals on the sports field and in the community.
Video highlights of the unbeaten 2017 1st XV team, edited by full back Dan Ward.
The Spring Term sees the popular game of rugby sevens take over. With a strong tradition at the Rosslyn Park National School Sevens, the school competes in a number of tournaments throughout the term involving U14, U16, and U18 teams. This year saw our U18 Sevens team reach the final of the Rosslyn Park Sevens beating Monmouth, Stowe, St Peters York, and Bromsgrove on the way. It was the first time in 12 years that the school had reached the final, having previously won it in 2003 and 2004.
Strength and conditioning
The Performance Gym has recently undergone a refurbishment and a new emphasis has been placed on Strength and Conditioning with rugby squads having access throughout all three terms. This allows our rugby athletes to be as physically prepared as possible for the demands of the game, avoiding injury and performing to the best of their ability. Provision is available for all, as well as more targeted sessions for our XV and other performance teams. Our elite athletes are also part of the Talented Athlete Programme, which nurtures and supports those competing at national level and beyond.