Daniel Wheatley a Year 11 pupil from Steyning
Grammar School has recently been selected to play for England in the London
& South East under 16’s divisional squad.
Recently he attended a three day training camp in Coventry at the
Broadstreet Rugby Football Club. This
training session was a pre-runner to the match played against the England North
under 16’s divisional squad, resulting in a draw.
Daniel said: “This was really good experience to
play at this high level in the sport, and I really enjoyed it.”
Daniel started playing rugby when he was 10 years
old playing for his local club in Pulborough.
He had friends from school that played for the club so he thought he
would give the sport a go.
Since then he has played for the Sussex under 15 and
under 16 squad, an experience that has played a massive part in his career and
in the selection process for the South East squad. Daniel recognises that he owes a great deal
to the coaches at the squad for their support.
Daniels has also trained with the Harlequins
Academy, a professional team representing Surrey, Sussex and Inner London
teams. The academy is for players aged 13
and over that have both the ability and desire to progress through a
development programme aiming to equip them for a career in professional
rugby. Places on the academy are only
offered to the very best players.
Last season he moved to Brighton Rugby Club, here
the coaches here have really helped build his skill level and confidence.
Daniel currently plays ‘loosehead prop’. He said:
“I like being at the front, it’s a very physical position, my job is to
win the ball and to secure the ball for the team, which is an important
position for the team.
“My role model is Cian Healy who plays for Leinster
and Ireland, who is also a ‘loosehead prop’, I admire his work rate and his
physicality and how he works the game.”
At Steyning Grammar School Daniel has played for the
school rugby team, in Year 9 they won the league trophy and in Year 10 they won
the district tournament. Daniel also
played for the Year 11 team helping them get through to the final of the
Mr Luke Talbot, Head of Physical Education at
Steyning Grammar School said: “ Daniel
is an excellent example of the type of positive students that we have
representing the school. He is a model student as well as a fantastic sportsman
who younger students can aspire to be like. Daniel’s most impressive quality is his
ability to take setbacks and constructive criticism in his stride, learn from
them and improve. “
Daniel is very focused on his game and says: “In the
short term I am looking forward to playing against Italy’s under 17’s team at
Wellington College in April as part of the BMW International Festival. From that I hope to be picked for the England
under 16 ‘A team’ or the England under 16’s ‘Saxon team’.
“But I play the sport to enjoy it, so I will take it
as it comes along and see how it goes. I
am really just going to keep working hard.”
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About Steyning Grammar School:
A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19
set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to
Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a
successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International
Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are
extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.
School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts
some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding
school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding
was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement
and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country
to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework. The inspection report reinforces the
popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as
overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with
just the very modest boarding costs to cover.
Full details can be
found on the school’s website www.sgs.uk.net
School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year
2013-2014, visit SGS400 website http://www.sgs.uk.net/SGS-400
for more details or to register your interest in the events.