Beechen Cliff has built a fine reputation for sporting excellence spanning many decades, as shown by its history of nurturing high achieving sports men and women through the school towards great success; from Roger Bannister to Amy Williams, success has come in a plethora of sports. But it is undeniably in the sport of rugby where Beechen Cliff has obtained its greatest number of successes:
John Hall (Bath and England)
Kane Palma-Newport (Bath and England U18)
Freddie Burns (Leicester and England)
Billy Burns (Gloucester and England U20)
Auguy Slovik (Bristol and England 7s)
Callum Lynch (England Students U18)
Sam Burns (Cyprus)
Jake Fields (England Students)
Luca Slovik (Bristol and England U18)
Lee Robinson (London Wasps and Barbarians)
Ailis Egan (Ireland Ladies)
Gabriel Oghre (England Saxons U17)
Thomas Harrison (England Counties and Barbarians)
Jonathan Pettemerides (Bath and Cyprus)
Equally as exciting are the emerging talents within the current student cohort. The school competes at a high level against many of the top rugby schools in the region. In the 2014 season Beechen Cliff teams won the County Cup at all four age groups. The U15 squad were particularly successful, winning 20 out of 22 matches in their season.
The school’s mission is to help nurture a passion for the game of rugby and to this end they manage 12 teams at all age groups playing over 100 competitive fixtures between September and Christmas each season, with a developing Sevens programme after Christmas. Rugby is a game for all shapes, sizes and abilities; at Beechen Cliff the opportunity to play is open to everyone and maximum participation is encouraged. For example, in 2014, 83 pupils from Year 7 played rugby for the school in competitive matches against other schools, experiencing a great team sport, the thrill of competing and having their abilities being stretched to the full.
Beechen Cliff’s rugby philosophy is to develop a positive attacking style which embraces risk, maximising the potential of all individuals within the squad. A team of 18 members of staff contribute to coaching rugby at the school. They are all passionate about the game and share a belief that coaching sessions should be challenging but enjoyable.
It is the hope that boys leave Beechen Cliff as confident players and people, continue to play rugby wherever they go – at university, abroad or locally – and use rugby as vehicle to access fantastic opportunities in their adult lives.