Club Director and London Welsh Colts Academy Manager, Gareth Vaughan Jones hosted the annual Colts Academy (U18) and U16 Awards Dinner on Friday night. There were over 140 club members at the event, including 70 players aged between 16 to 18.
The attendees heard from Paul Bessant, Senior Men’s Rugby Coach about the Men’s season and the pathway the club is developing for this age group and he was very keen to tell them how well the boys had taken to senior rugby; we had 8 current and former Colts making their Senior debuts this last season. We had Fin Collins and Mauro Miller chatting about their senior rugby experience with the Druids 2nd XV and how special it was for them to represent the club at this level as they have both been with the club since Under 7’s.
The U16 awards were presented by Paul Cornell & Andy Evans, Team Manager and Head Coach
Forward Player of the Season – Dylan Hall
Backs Player of the Season – Callum Nasland
Coaches’ Player of the Season – Joseph Constantine
Most Improved Player of the Season – Dewi James
Clubman of the Year – Owen Thomas
Players’ Player of the Year – Joe Cornell
The U18 Awards were presented by Head Coaches Blake Mingay and Tom Baldwin.
First we heard from Mark Croxon taking us on his journey coaching at the club for over 12 years. Some interesting tales from Tours to Frankfurt, Jersey and Ireland; including the infamous Castle and Coal Tour to Wales. We then had Simon Beer giving out our Minis and Youth Legend awards to two players who have been with the club all the way from Little Wizards (U6)to their graduation from the Colts (18). Simon said some heartfelt words to Owen Croxon and Tom Howlett who both received a Tankard with a club crest on it.
The U18 Awards
Forward Player of the Season – Conraj Silcott
Backs Player of the Season – Mauro Miller
Coaches’ Player of the Season – Fin Lowry
Most Improved Player of the Season – Archie Davies
Clubman of the Year – Dewi Beer
Players’ Player of the Year – Dewi Beer & Fin Lowry
We would like to thank our Sponsor of the Colts, Lasyl, Location:Live and Scanna for their continued support that allows the club to support over 50 players in the Colts. Pre season will start in July for next years’ Colts Academy and if you fancy playing for London Welsh next season, please get in touch wit the club.