The Spirit of Rugby award is specifically for schools and teachers who have gone above and beyond in terms of rugby development within their institution, while at the same time strengthening the local rugby club links. Nominations are sent in via the Rugby Development Officers and Community Rugby Coaches across Kent.

The award for 2017-18 was presented to Kemnal Technology College and specifically to Richard Hesleden their Head of PE and Rugby Lead, whose enthusiasm and hard work has seen more and more pupils getting the opportunity to enjoy rugby. He was nominated by Chris Spedding, one of the Community Rugby Coaches within Kent, who has helped develop rugby within the school as well as strengthen their link with Sidcup Rugby Club.

Says RDO Mike Hollis: “Thanks to Rich’s efforts, it was no surprise to see Kemnal becoming part of the CBRE All Schools programme this season, which will in turn help ensure the long-term sustainability of rugby in the school.”