We would like to congratulate one of our Year 12 students at The Manor Academy following his acceptance into the NLD (Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire) development squad. Sam loves playing rugby and is so passionate about progressing through the ranks.
Here is what Sam had to say about being accepted into the squad.
“Recently I have been accepted into the NLD (Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire) development squad. This presents an opportunity to represent the 3 counties in fixtures against teams such as Leicestershire, Staffordshire and other county sides made up of high quality rugby players from the whole nation. The NLD also provides a possible opportunity to trial for Midlands U18’s, a once in a lifetime opportunity and a massive achievement. As well as this, if players are of a high enough calibre during/after performing for midlands, a white England shirt may be within reach. As well as this I have been accepted into the Nottingham Rugby Academy. The academy has fixtures against other premiership teams such as Leicester Tigers, Saracens and Northampton Saints. To play at this standard amongst premiership academy players is a huge honour and I aim to develop and go as far as possible with my rugby. Representing the academy allows players to be picked up by other premiership teams and squads, leading to further player development and even greater opportunities. Overall, the opportunities that can now be reached are endless and achievable provided that I put in the hard work, and I know that I am more than dedicated to achieve this and am willing to do whatever it takes to play at the highest standard I can whilst most importantly, enjoying myself!”
We wish you all the best Sam, and you never know, we might even be watching on the telly playing for England one day!