England Rugby in the running for two Seevic stars
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Seevic College students Jake Spivey, 18, and Jordan Dyer, 17, have been selected to play for Rugby Football Union London & South East in February.
Both boys, who study the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business alongside the Seevic Storm Rugby Academy, have played rugby since a young age but both said without Seevic they would not have got to where they are today.
The boys’ success does not stop there, England scouts will be at their game against the South West side selecting their final England U18s game where they will go on to compete in Ireland if selected.
Scrum half Jake said: “I was honestly shocked and surprised when I was given the opportunity to trial let alone get in; it still has not sunk in. Whilst at Seevic I have been playing very important games so I have learnt to control my nerves which definitely helped on the day.
“When leaving school I had the choice between sixth form and college, I heard about the rugby at Seevic but the standard is much higher than I expected.”
Jordan said: “I was not expecting to get through although it really emphasises how far I have come since I have been at Seevic.
“The training programme is intense at Seevic but it is good, we are all pushed and the level of coaching we receive is incredible.”
The talented players both play for Essex and were two of the only three players to be selected for the trials from the county. The trials consisted of around 40 players which was shortlisted down to 23 who now represent London and South East.
Hooker Jordan added: “Everyone who trialled deserved to be there so it was a really tough day.
“Not only was it your talent they were looking for but also your management, leadership, attitude on and off the pitch and what you can bring to the team on a whole.”
Seevic offers a very professional training programme where they train three times a week, have one game and have two strength and conditioning sessions.
Danny Cleare, Director of Rugby at the College, said: “It is a great achievement for both students and is testament to the effort and commitment they have shown towards their rugby this year.
“Jake has really developed his leadership qualities this season and coupled with his skill level, he has been a really prominent figure in our team. He organises play around him and distributes quick ball allowing us to attack at speed.
“Jordan is without a doubt the most focused and determined individual in our squad. In terms of standards and expectations he does everything right and demands the same standards from the people around him. He is a hard runner and has made many line breaks and has scored a few try’s this season through running good lines and breaking tackles.”
Spivey, who currently plays at Westcliff said: “The level of competition at Seevic is great; we all motivate each other and are always pushing to be the best we can be.
“The discipline is incredible here, you feel like a real athlete and every training session is helping me to progress.
“Now is my time to really focus though as this is a massive chance for both me and Jordan. We need to keep focused, stick to our diet plan and continue to train as hard as possible.”
Dyer, current Southend RFC player, said: “The coaches at Seevic have really helped to tailor how I play and the knowledge I have picked up whilst at the college is definitely helping to improve my game.
Coach Cleare added: “It is incredible that both players have got to this stage and they should both be proud of their work. If they play as well as they have for Seevic all season then they will give themselves an excellent chance of progression in their trial.”
Seevic offers the students free access to its Nuffield Health gym, sporting facilities and expert coaching. All the coaches focus on the skills required, knowledge and match techniques. As well as this students also have a professional Strength and Conditioning coach, Mark Williams, who trains with them on a regular basis.
The Rugby team at Seevic undertake a lot of national competitions and Jake and Jordan are vital players in every game.
Seevic is one of the top five Colleges in the country for sport, with a large amount of coaches that are able to push students to their full potential.
Jordan added: “The coaches here at Seevic have had the experience and they know what they are talking about, you feel confident in taking their advice and they are always pushing you to the next level.”
To find out more about the sport that is offered at Seevic attend the next Open Evening on Tuesday 31 January, 5:30-8pm.