5 years ago Unity College became the first school in Burnley to have a rugby pitch on its school fields since the 1960′s and this week Unity College continued breaking new ground and spent more of it’s All Schools Award funding from the Rugby Football Union, to create a second pitch.
Cerys Ellis, Lancashire U15 rugby player, who has also just qualified on her rugby ready and scrum factory courses said about the new developments ‘With all the rugby that goes on at school we needed another pitch’. Cerys is part of a growing section of girls who have excelled after taking up the sport. Cerys, along with Emma Wall, Macey Durkin, Polly Bell and younger sister Willow Bell will take part in the North of England rugby trials after playing regularly for Lancashire and Burnley.
Mr Williams, teacher in charge of rugby at Unity, commented ‘The pitch was an important part of our development plan for rugby as soon as we heard the news that we had been awarded £10,000 over three years from the RFU. On one pitch we have managed to host the first ever girls rugby game against St. Augustines, the Ruffs friendly league and the first ever Burnley Schools championships. The second pitch will allow us to continue to lead the way in rugby development and provision in Burnley for students at our school.’
Unity U12′s and U13′s boys teams are in action over the next couple of weeks in the East Lancashire All Schools tournament and the U14′s take part in the next round of the Emerging Schools Cup. Boys and girls training takes place as usual every Tuesday and Thursday after school.
Pictured are some of the players at training on the new pitch.