RYDE Academy has become the latest Island school to join a national scheme promoting rugby.
England Rugby’s CBRE All Schools Programme, already at Medina, Carisbrooke and Cowes Enterprise colleges, has offered a three-year tailored programme to the school.
It will provide funding, kit and equipment, coaching and help to improve links with Island clubs.
Community rugby coach Rich Freeman said: "It’s our flagship programme across the country. It’s a huge personal, physical and financial investment in the school, the staff and the pupils to grow the game. The great thing about the programme is it is centred around rugby’s core values — teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship — with a view to developing the child through rugby, rather than just creating players.
"There is a great opportunity here at Ryde to get students involved in some wonderful opportunities to develop both their sporting and life skills. It is fantastic to be able to support Ryde Academy on this journey, working with Vectis Rugby Club to be able to get as many of the students involved in the game for years to come."
Two students have designed the school’s new kit, which will be unveiled at Twickenham Stadium in February.