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Cardiff Rugby form exciting partnership with The Cathedral School, Llandaff

Pathway | 17th September 2021

Cardiff Rugby are delighted to introduce a new Rugby Scholarship Partnership with The Cathedral School, Llandaff.

The scholarship which is available to members of the Cardiff Rugby Under-16s pathway or players identified through our talent discovery programmes, offers up to 100 per cent of the prestigious school’s fees which may be made up of a combination of a scholarship and means-tested bursary funding. 

Cardiff Rugby, chief executive, Richard Holland said: “We’re thrilled to announce this exciting partnership with such a prestigious school on our doorstep. 

“It strengthens an already strong relationship and provides yet another opportunity for some of the emerging talent within our pathway to combine first-class education with an excellent rugby programme. 

“We not only want to develop top class athletes and rugby players but well rounded people and The Cathedral School provides the perfect environment to maximise potential in all areas.”

The Cathedral School offers first-class educational opportunities and an excellent rugby provision, which is fully endorsed by the Blue and Blacks.

The School’s rugby programme receives both rugby and strength and conditioning support from Cardiff Rugby and enjoys an enviable cross border fixture list.

Clashes against top English schools including King’s Taunton, Wellington, Millfield and Kingswood Bath are all part of the School’s fixture list, as well as participation in the Welsh Cup.

Cardiff Rugby Academy Manager, Gruff Rees said: “This is a really pleasing development that provides another outstanding outlet, and a unique opportunity, for identified players annually to get support to achieve their aims in the classroom and on the field. 

“Mark Barrington is working hard behind the scenes to grow the rugby programme at the School and they have engaged fully with us while also being creative with their work with the magic academy and the appointment of Callum Conway as athletic development coordinator. 

“We are proud to work closely with our A-License schools and colleges but it is apparent, via our playing resources across the pathway, that we could and should be able to signpost individuals to different opportunities and this fits perfectly.”

The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to study in the heart of the Welsh capital and attend the same school as alumni, Louis Rees-Zammit and Robin Sowden-Taylor.

Mark Barrington, Director of Sport at The Cathedral School said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Cardiff Rugby to build upon the School’s strong foundations for sport.  A unique opportunity, the successful pupil will receive a first-class education alongside an outstanding programme of support for all aspects of their rugby aspirations.”

Clare Sherwood, Head of The Cathedral School added: “This is a wonderful opportunity and we are thrilled to be working with our regional rugby team to offer pupils the pathway to professional rugby in Wales. 

“Sport is an important element of our challenging and exciting curriculum. We aim to equip pupils with a desire to be the best that they can be, encouraging them to achieve their potential in a structured and supportive environment.

“We are very proud of Old Llandavian, Louis Rees-Zammit and the whole school community has enjoyed watching his rugby success to date. Our partnership with Cardiff Rugby will hopefully enable other pupils from our school to have the same opportunities in the future.”

The Cathedral School is hosting an Open Morning on Saturday 2nd October and a Sixth Form Options Evening on Thursday 14th October. If you are interested in finding out more about the scholarship opportunity, or attending either of these events, please contact the Registrar at the School via [email protected] or 029 2083 8504.