Felsted School student, Ellie Lennon, age 17 from Hertfordshire, has been selected for the Saracens Centre of Excellence Rugby programme.
The programme is part of the new U18s England Rugby Development pathway, where selected players get based with a premiership academy club. Ellie will now be training regularly with Saracens, with the potential to play for their first team in the future.
Ellie started playing rugby at the age of five at Cheshunt Rugby Club and for seven years was the only girl on the team, finally becoming captain and leading the boys to a successful season. At the age of 12 Ellie was no longer allowed to play alongside the boys and there was no girls’ team in her age group. However, her talent was recognised and she was accepted into the U15 team.
Ellie currently plays rugby for both South East England and Herts County, as well as being part of Felsted’s 1st Girls’ Cricket and Hockey teams, representing the School in the National Finals of both in the last couple of years.
Ellie comments; “I am delighted to have been selected and I am happy with this new system as it gives more girls a chance to play high-quality rugby. I am very excited to start my training and to see where my rugby takes me.”