Ruck stars at Collyer’sNovember 1, 2017
Ross Chisolm (right) with Collyer’s rugby team. Photo: Collyer’s student photographer, Emma Weller
This week Collyer’s welcomed Harlequins rugby star Ross Chisolm to the college. Ross, who plays wing and full-back for the leading Premiership side, has joined the Collyer’s Rugby Academy Coaching staff and will work closely with Rugby Coach, Glen Jones, widely regarded as one of the best in the business.
Collyer’s Head of Sports Academy, John Burroughs explained: “This is a great signing for Collyer’s! Ross is an intelligent rugby talent, who will undoubtedly bring significant professional expertise to our elite rugby squad.”
Ross, who previously attended Warden Park School in Cuckfield, has made 78 professional appearances for Harlequins. His role at Collyer’s will involve working directly with the squad, running specialist sessions and video analysis to help players develop.
John Burroughs added: “This really is an outstanding opportunity for Collyer’s rugby, which is gaining a national reputation for excellence, attracting top players from across the south east of England.
“Ross augments an already superb coaching platform at Collyer’s, comprising specialist expert coaches for rugby, football, basketball and netball. We have also recently established new coaching links with national professional teams in the shape of Surrey Storm for netball and Surrey Scorchers for basketball.”
The idea of Collyer’s sport academies in rugby, basketball, football and netball is to help provide players with quality coaching and establish pathways to elite level sport. This new link-up with Ross Chisolm is seen as another huge step for the college along this route.
James Gordon, Head of Faculty for Business Sport and Social Sciences was delighted: “We are now attracting some of the top basketball, football, netball and rugby players from across the region to our Sport Academy programme, as it’s a great chance to combine a full sixth form learning programme with a professional focus on sport. It has always been our target to provide our high level sports player’s pathways into elite level sport and Ross will certainly help us to achieve this.”
Collyer’s Vice Principal Steve Martell said: “Glen Jones is a nationally recognised elite rugby coach and Ross Chisolm is a gifted player for one of our country’s top teams. We are incredibly lucky to have them at Collyer’s! Huge thanks to our amazing Head of Sports Academy John Burroughs. A first class athlete in his own right, he has worked tirelessly to inspire our students and has once again helped attract some big sporting names to Collyer’s sport.”