Prep School Rugby Festival a resounding success


On Saturday 14th September, Framlingham College hosted their annual Pre-Season U11 and U13 Prep Schools Rugby Festival. This festival attracts over 250 boys and it gives coaches and players the opportunity to play 5-6 games and to enjoy themselves without the pressure of playing for a trophy. Brandeston Hall, Barnardiston Hall, Holmwood House, Widford Lodge, Orwell Park, Old Buckenham Hall, Taverham Hall, The Abbey and St. Johns, Cambridge all took part in the day.

Framlingham College’s Director of Sport, Simon Sinclair said, “I was delighted with the standard of rugby and it was great to see so many boys enjoying the festival. This is the third year we have hosted and it gives the boys an opportunity to get plenty of rugby before the season starts.”


Max Ellis Continues his referee development


With the prep school rugby festival taking place it was a chance for one of our year 12 students who takes a real interest in refereeing to gain valuable experience. Max is currently taking his badges and while he is a good player, has started taking his refereeing seriously. He refereed during the festival and is also lined up to referee some of our junior games this season. Last year Max took refereeing as part of his GCSE PE course and watching him referee his peers was a difficult experience but one that he gained the utmost respect from them. We are keen to support Max in his development and he certainly is showing signs that he wants to take this further.


Sports Update: Regional & International Success at Framlingham – Going from Strength to Strength


I am extremely proud to report some outstanding recent achievements by College students. Firstly, after representing both Suffolk and Norfolk in the Junior Development Centre tournaments, a number of Framlingham College students have been selected for this summer’s Junior Regional Performance Centres. These days will see players pitting their skills against the best players in the East of England and vying for selection into the Saxon Tigers squads for both Hi-Pac and Futures Cup in the October half term. The long journey ahead will be an exciting one as they look to emulate the success of our own Kitty McWhirter who has worked her way through the system to recent England U21 selection. This is a magnificent achievement for Kitty who has been extremely disciplined in her approach to training; we are all very proud of her.

The Following ten players have been selected: Alex Emsden, Ben Slaven, Luke Quartermaine, Alex Wheatley, Chris Walwanda, William Hunt, Echezeaux Titley, Flo McWhirter, Tildy Paul and Georgie Seymour.

Head of Hockey Jamie Kingstone is delighted with the standard of hockey at the College and is very excited about the future. Not only have the pupils been busy with their hockey, but Jamie himself has been active in his role as England U18 Boys’ Assistant Coach, preparing the team for the European Championships in Vienna.


Toby Trinder has been invited to join the England Midlands Training Camp at Loughborough this week under the watchful eye of the England Under 18 coaches. Toby played for Northampton Saints in the Academies Under 15 Festival in April. As a result, he has been selected to attend this two-day camp. This is a real honour for Toby and everyone wishes him the best of luck. Ollie Darwell-Taylor was also involved in the festival, scoring a try against Newcastle Falcons. Will Ponty has recently been invited into the Elite Player Development Group at Northampton Saints. He joins up with Cam Greenhall, Luke Quartermaine and Tom Scovell. All of these boys have represented Suffolk and Eastern Counties this season.


Cricketers have been very busy this term and I am delighted that Tim Alexander was selected to play for the Suffolk Independent Schools XI against Essex Under 17s. Tim scored 70 off 59 balls and took 1-11 off 7 overs; his wicket left the scores tied. This was an excellent performance and I know the Essex selectors were very impressed. We have also had a number of pupils representing the county at U14 level and would like to congratulate Ben Boyden who is playing for Suffolk under 14s.


Alongside her success in hockey, Echezeaux Titley has been selected for the regional netball team. To be playing at regional level in two sports is a tremendous achievement and we are looking forward to supporting Sketch through her programme.


Golf is fast becoming very popular once more at the College and we are delighted to have Lottie Whyman leading the way. After securing a place on the England Development Programme she was runner up at the Suffolk County Girls’Championships last week, which sets her up nicely for the Independent Schools Golf Championships at The Shire, London, later this month. She will be entering this tournament along with Jamie Taylor and Will Rix and we wish them good luck.


Tennis has had a huge amount of success with Flo McCausland representing the county at tournaments around the country in last few months. I am sure you will also have received news recently through the Framlingham College Tennis Club that the 1st team have become County Champions again.

Simon Sinclair, Director of Sport

Rugby: Toby Trinder selected for England U15 Regional Camp

Unknown-3Congratulations to Toby Trinder who has been selected for an England U15 regional development camp at Loughborough University next week. 

This programme will be run by the England U18 coaches, who will monitor Toby’s progress over the next couple of years.

Toby joined Brandeston in Year 8 and has been part of the Northampton Saints Elite Development Programme for the last two years.

We wish him the best of luck.

Rugby: Northampton Saints Selection

On Friday, 2nd November, Toby Trinder, Ollie Darwell-Taylor and Luke Quartermaine represented Northampton Saints U15s against Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens. All the boys performed extremely well and this is the highest level of rugby that boys can play at this age.

On Sunday, 4th November, Rob Goldsmith played for Eastern Counties Under 16s against Middlesex and the side narrowly lost the game 21-19.

Northampton Saints Festival

A squad of 21 Under 14 rugby players were twice denied victory by the narrowest of margins as they competed in the Northampton Saints rugby Festival on Saturday. The festival provided the opportunity to play against club sides from Cambridge, Oundle and Banbury as a curtain raiser to the LV= Cup match between the Saints and Harlequins. It was then time to swap rugby boots for dancing shoes as the players returned for the Junior Disco and a well earned rest!

Rugby News

The rugby has started well at the College with many teams putting in some outstanding performances, with the 1st XV have leading from the front with victories over Felsted, Ipswich, Gresham’s and The Leys last weekend. It all started with a very positive pre-season training camp where the boys had been put through their paces and worked extremely hard as a team. The under 16’s have had a good start to the season by drawing with Felsted but unfortunately after losing a number of key players fell short against Gresham’s but put in an excellent performance to beat The Leys this weekend. The Juniors are showing some promise and hopefully with the right guidance and support will turn into some good teams in the year to come.

We have a number of players who have been involved with the Northampton Saints Elite Player Development Group this year and also the same boys will be involved for selection for Suffolk County Rugby:

Year 9: Tom Scovell and Hugo Fairbanks-Weston

Year 10: Cam Greenhall, Luke Quatermaine, Ollie Darwell-Taylor, Charlie Lewis, Charlie Warren and Toby Trinder

Toby Trinder is leading the charge from the front this year, after being named Players Player of the Tour in South Africa he has been performing well for his team and also captained his club side to victory at the Suffolk Sevens. All these boys will be invited to attend a training day at Northampton Saints during October Half Term and will hopefully have an opportunity to play a few games against other Premiership clubs in the Spring Term. This is a great opportunity and it is the highest level of rugby they can possibly play at this age group.

September Sports News from the Director of Sport

As usual it has been a hectic start to the term and I have now found some time to gather my thoughts on the start of the new term at Framlingham, in my new role as the Director of Sport. During the summer we toured South Africa for 17 days with 28 boys which, I have to say, was an amazing experience and one the boys will never forget. I really do believe that going on tour at 14 & 15 years old is so beneficial to the development of the pupils both on and off the field. So after seventeen days away, I moved to Framlingham with the family and went straight into Pre-Season with the 1st XV Rugby team. I have to say this was an excellent experience and one the boys enjoyed (although they will tell you differently – gruelling is the word they might use!).

It has been a fantastic three weeks. I am extremely proud to be in this role –and aware of how lucky I am to work at a school with such great pupils and staff. Our Sports Department has changed slightly over the summer and I am delighted that Jamie Kingstone has joined us as the new Head of Hockey. Happily, we have not lost Jon Slay (now Housemaster of Garrett) from this team so, in fact, we are getting even stronger in our hockey development programme. On the rugby front we welcome Ollie Kitson and Charlie Sadler who have both played for Premiership Academies; they bring their experience and up- to- date knowledge into our environment. Leading girls’ netball we now have Leah Webster. Leah will also take charge of our Summer Term girls’ sport.

So the staff are in place and the pupils have responded positively to some new faces. The girls have got off to a flying start and we had some great results against Wymondham with the 1st and 2nd XI both winning 7-0! I had the pleasure of watching both the U14’s and 1st XI train last week and I was really impressed with their efforts and by the way in which they conducted themselves on the field. There is a real sense of cohesion and teamwork.

On the rugby front our Junior teams have had a tough start but they have been very positive and are certainly enjoying their rugby. The Seniors have got off to a flyer with the 1st XV winning their first three games against schools we lost to last year. A promising start and they are keeping their feet on the ground and looking to improve their performances.

On Thursday, 27th September, we had our fantastic Inter House Cross Country Tournament. Our Inter-House competitions are vital to our success in sport, as they give absolutely everyone an opportunity to compete and be part of a team. We certainly have a very strong and competitive Inter House structure.

Simon Sinclair, Director of Sport

Preparations for Rugby Tour with guest coach

In preparation for the U14/15 rugby tour to South Africa in August, students were treated to an appearance from guest coach Billy Robinson.

Twenty-four year old Billy, from Framlingham, now plays Championship rugby for Moseley in Birmingham.

Billy was able to pass on his knowledge to the boys from his wide experience both in the UK and in South Africa, where he spent time playing league rugby.

We are very grateful to Billy for giving up his time.

Easter Holiday Sports News


Congratulations to Sophie Warner (GK) who was an integral part of the Norfolk U17 team that were runners-up at the Regional County Tournament at Bedford. Sophie played really well throughout the whole series, only conceding goals to Lincs and Essex. Congratulations as well to Saffron Wilford and Katherine Ridley, who not only won a local tournament, but were also very successful as part of the Norfolk U17 tour to Holland.


Congratulations to Rob Goldsmith, Kristian Williman and Tim Alexander who were all involved in the Norfolk U17 preseason cricket training.


Congratulations to scrum half Henry Baldwin and flanker Matt Warren (pictured below) who played pivotal roles in the Eastern Counties U17s’ exhilarating 62- 55 victory over Middlesex at Merchant Taylors’ School. The win means that the Eastern Counties team has delivered an unprecedented series of victories and is now undefeated following wins against Hampshire and Yorkshire earlier in the season. Good news for Henry and Matt as they move up to the U18s next year and potential selection for the London and South East side.