Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Aspiring youngsters try to catch the eye at AASE trials

MORE than 50 youngsters turned up to the Henley College and London Wasps trials held at

MORE than 50 youngsters turned up to the Henley College and London Wasps trials held at Dry Leas last Saturday.

The trials were for aspiring rugby professionals hoping to gain a place on the Advanced Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme.

The trials took place under the supervision of Jake Wiggins who was appointedThe Henley College’s AASE coach earlier this year when he moved from New Zealand to take up the post.

When Wiggins took up his position at the start of the rugby season he said: “Having spent the past four years in New Zealand it was an exciting prospect returning home to England to join The Henley College and Wasps.

“The AASE programme is an excellent initiative that allows talented players the opportunity to combine full-time professional training alongside their academic studies. The college itself is a great environment to learn in and with the continued support of Wasps, who are in a great place right now, I am really excited about the future.”

Matt Davies, the Wasps academy manager added: “We are extremely pleased to be continuing our relationship with The Henley College and the appointment of Jack Wiggins is an incredibly positive one. Having known Jack prior to his time in New Zealand, it remains apparent that his level of enthusiasm and passion for rugby, alongside expertise is a real coup for the college.” Meanwhile Jayne Davis, the college’s principal, was pleased with how the morning went. She said: “It was great to see so many young players attend the trials on Saturday. These are students who are totally committed to progressing their rugby careers at the same time as receiving a high quality education.

“Like the AASE rowing programme in partnership with Leander Club, we want to grow the programme and with today’s turnout and the arrival of Jack, I feel certain we will do that.”

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