Academy quintet ready for Scottish rugby tour

Students from Bede Academy, Blyth, prepare to set off on the Emmanuel Schools Foundation ninth annual rugby tour, (L-R) Jordan Knight, 15, Kai Burn, 15, Jordan Thompson, 15, Callum Uddgren, 15 and Nathaniel Lynn, 16, all of Blyth.
Students from Bede Academy, Blyth, prepare to set off on the Emmanuel Schools Foundation ninth annual rugby tour, (L-R) Jordan Knight, 15, Kai Burn, 15, Jordan Thompson, 15, Callum Uddgren, 15 and Nathaniel Lynn, 16, all of Blyth.
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A group of students will help try to keep their school’s foundation in the running at a rugby tournament north of the border.

Five pupils from Bede Academy in Blyth have been selected for the Emmanuel Schools Foundation 24-man squad to take part in a week-long rugby tour of Scotland.

Jordan Knight, Kai Burn, Jordan Thompson and Callum Uddgren, all 15, along with Nathaniel Lynn, 16, have been selected for the ESF Lions squad to face Longridge Towers, Berwick; The High School of Glasgow; and North Berwick High School.

Bede PE teacher Andy Sutherland, who has been appointed as an assistant coach for the tour, said: “This is the highest number of students that we have ever had selected for the ESF Lions team which shows that rugby at Bede continues to improve.

“Being part of the ESF Lions squad is a great honour for all of our students, who were selected from the best under-16s players from each of the four sister schools, to bond as a team and learn some important personal values, as well as improving their game.”

As well as playing rugby, students will be given a tour of Murrayfield Stadium before watching Edinburgh Rugby take on Benetton Treviso and will also get the opportunity to enjoy an evening bowling and scaling the heights at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena.

Kai added: “It’s a real privilege to be selected for the Lions squad.

“There was a lot of competition to be in the team from a lot of good players across all four schools so I was a bit surprised to get a place.”