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Ealing Trailfinders launch new partnership with The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

Ealing Trailfinders are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Duke of York’s Royal Military School.

Set in 150 acres of Kent countryside and ranked in the top two percent of schools in England for GCSE progress 8, the school provides an all-round education with a strong academic focus. 

The award-winning school, with outstanding leaders and managers (Ofsted 2018), offers a unique blend of academic school life, sports, and the arts combined with an impressive military heritage.

Open to all 11-18 year olds and having recently undergone a £24.9 million refurbishment project, the school has unrivalled facilities for sport including six rugby pitches, an indoor swimming pool, a cross-country course and a shooting range. 

The new partnership with the Trailfinders Rugby Academy means that we can provide scholarships for full board education, another significant development in our growth to combine professional sport and education. The goal is for the school to become one of the pillars of the elite playing squad at Ealing Trailfinders moving forward, as students progress through the Trailfinders Academy pathway.

As part of the partnership, Ealing Trailfinders will work with Duke of York’s coaching staff to facilitate the best possible environment for student athletes at the school to progress, as well as designing a bespoke strength and conditioning programme for the school first XV. The Duke of York’s first XV will also attend training days at Trailfinders Sports Club, where they will have access to our senior and academy coaches, in addition to playing a selection of fixtures at the stadium. 

With the Elite Player Pathway, Duke of York’s and Brunel University London partnership it means that you can join the Trailfinders Rugby Academy from an early age all the way through to completing a degree before embarking on a professional career. 

Director of Rugby Ben Ward is thrilled for this partnership to get underway. 

“I am excited that we are able to begin this partnership with Duke of York’s Royal Military School and build on a budding relationship that has already seen two of the school’s graduates join the Trailfinders Rugby Academy.

The school has a fantastic academic track record and has had great success in developing their students away from the rugby pitch as well as they do on it. If we can help provide our expertise on the field, then there is no reason why DoYRMS cannot become one of the premier rugby-playing state schools in the country.

By aligning our rugby pathways, we hope that many more DoYRMS students can progress through the school and go on to become key players for both the Trailfinders Rugby Academy and the Ealing Trailfinders senior squad.”

Daniel Quinn, Director of Sport at The Duke of York’s is also looking forward to seeing this partnership progress.

“When I was first contacted by Ealing Trailfinders about the possibility of forming a satellite for their Elite Player Pathway, I knew this was something to be taken seriously. Their progression in recent years, coupled with their vision for development, is something I and the School are very excited about being a part of. Our School’s rugby development in recent years has seen a significant upwards trajectory and with this partnership, should see us compete with the very best.

The beauty of this partnership, is that it offers a clear pathway for potential professional rugby players to follow, from the age of thirteen, all the way to Ealing Trailfinders first team.”