Yorkshire rugby star scores in GCSEs

A 16-YEAR-OLD rugby star and the youngest of five siblings to pass through RGS has scored in his GCSEs.

Charlie Borchard, from Ripon, captained Yorkshire’s U16 team after being talent-spotted by the highly competitive U16 Yorkshire Academy, which aims to create world-class players on its pathway development programme.

Despite juggling a hectic sporting schedule with his studies, he scored an 8, four 7s two sixes and two 5s in his GCSEs: “I lost a bet to one of my teachers, but I’m happy with my results and ready for A-levels,” he says.

Charlie, who has been playing rugby since he was six years old and was selected for North Yorkshire in Year 9, has combined schoolwork with training every day, either in the gym or on the rugby pitch.

“Rugby training and matches five to six times a week gave less time to do schoolwork, but I always did work if needed and just had to find time at different points in the day.”

The teenager, who got his results while on a rugby tour in France, plans to take A-levels in history, design technology and business and a specialist work-related BTEC qualification in sport

“The biggest highlights of my career have been getting selected for the first u16 Yorkshire academy and being captain of the team when playing against Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons.”

Charlie has been awarded a sports scholarship with an independent school for the next two seasons. “After school I want to continue to with my rugby and play for a good university team,” he says.