Rugby at Malvern
Rugby is the major boys’ sport at Malvern College in the Autumn term; performance levels are continually rising and we have enjoyed some good results in recent seasons.
The extensive playing fields at Malvern, with the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, provide a magnificent setting for the game. Twelve Rugby sides are fielded in total and the College has an impressive fixture list, employing a number of external level 3 coaches and referees to support the experienced and dedicated coaching team.
In the junior years, boys are taught a full range of core skills with the emphasis being placed on safety and development. We take pride on the fact that all boys enjoy their games and each session is planned to challenge. We run A and B teams on a weekly basis with all boys wanting college representation given the chance to compete. We also run a non-contact version of the game which includes Touch fixtures. Boys are given an opportunity to experience Sevens rugby in the Lent term.
In the senior years, basic skills are supplemented with more complex concepts as the boys develop a greater understanding of the game. Boys are encouraged to practice skills specific to their position in their own time and organised positional clinics are delivered by skill-specific coaches including current professional players.
In the Lent term, senior boys represent the College in a number of prestigious Sevens tournaments culminating with the National Sevens Tournament at Rosslyn Park (248 schools take part). In 2023 our Senior Sevens squad reached the quarter final of the Vase Competition. We also won the Silver Salver at the North of England and were tournament winners at the Collegiate Schools Sevens.
We provide the opportunity for boys to attend strength and conditioning sessions in our new free weights gym and boys are provided with personal development programmes which are monitored by rugby staff.
We currently have a large number of boys across different age groups involved in the Elite Player Development Groups including Midlands West and Gloucester. Several of the College coaching staff are involved in the delivery of these programmes.