National Rugby School of the Year 2017
The John Fisher School recently received the honour of being named School of the Year in the Crabbies National Rugby Awards. Considering previous winners include Wellington and Kirkham we were pleased to simply make the shortlist. Well used to flying the flag for state school rugby, we once again found ourselves up against the private sector as Warwick School, Brighton College, Rugby School and Cranleigh School also made the shortlist.
To win the award, especially when considering the calibre of the other nominated schools, is a great tribute to past and present students, parents/carers and staff that have given so much to the sport.
The judges rightfully recognised that despite the gulf in budgets The John Fisher School are able to compete against some of the best schools in the country. Furthermore, the inclusive nature of the rugby programme - as evidenced by the fact we can field up to 22 teams on a weekend - is something that cannot be found in any other state school. As we always say, the Under 12 F team is equally as important as the First XV - in fact, without such strong foundations we would not be able to reach the heights that we do at senior level.