By The Bee Hive
November 18 2006
The Pertemps Bees / South Birmingham College Academy won the West Midlands Colleges ten-a-side tournament at Worcester College. The Bees Academy defeated Worcester A 7-5 in the final of a seven college tournament with teams from across the Midlands. It was a fantastic achievement said Ben Harvey, the Bees Academy coach.
Pertemps Bees/South Birmingham College Academy won the West Midlands Colleges
ten-a-side tournament at Worcester College.
The Bees/South Birmingham College Academy defeated Worcester A 7-5 in the final of a tournament which involved seven colleges from across the West Midlands.
"It was a fantastic achievement, particularly because apart from one player everyone was a year younger than their opponents," said Ben Harvey, the Bees/South Birmingham College coach.
"We played five games and conceded only one try all day. We scored 14 tries ourselves and I must make particular mention of Brad Churchill. He's a very quick winger who travels down from Shrewsbury every day.
"He has shown great attitude and he scored some good tries for us in the tournament.
"It's the first tournament the academy has won and the students are naturally proud of their achievement. It is a reflection of the enormous hard work they have put in all season."
The pioneering academy, which offers youngsters specialist rugby training combined with vocational courses, was launched last year and has an initial intake of 24 students including Tom Hardwick, the son of former Moseley and Royal Navy prop Tim.
The next trials for places on the academy next season will be held at Portway, the Bees training ground, on May 23 at 7pm.