Hull Collegiate School is celebrating after one of its pupils was awarded a professional rugby contract with the City of Hull Academy – the professional Rugby League Development Academy of both Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers.
Year 12 pupil Jude Ferreira, who has been playing rugby since he was just three years old, saw off strong competition from a field of talented young rugby players to be selected to play in the Academy’s Under 19s squad. Jude is one of only 11 players to have been awarded this contract.
Jude, who has been a member of the Academy for the past two years, won his place in the squad following stand-out performances during which he scored 12 tries in nine games. He has also played for England Youth against France and scored a try in the winning match against Wales.
Speaking of his achievement, Jude said:
“I just love rugby. I’ve been playing since I was three years old. I’ve always had a rugby ball in my hand. I love the physicality of rugby, bringing individuals into a team and working together. I am so proud to be in the Academy. I’ve really enjoyed my time with them these past two years. When I got the scholarship offer it was amazing, the best feeling ever and the next step to playing first grade rugby.
“School have supported me massively. I have gained a lot from representing Hull Collegiate which has helped improve my game. My family have supported me all the way and are always there for me.”
The PE and Business A Level pupil, has received significant support from the Sixth Form at Hull Collegiate who have worked alongside Jude to ensure he is able to continue his studies whilst training on a daily basis.
Alex Wilson, Headmistress of Hull Collegiate School, said:
“We are all very proud of Jude’s success. His superb work ethic and athleticism have combined to make him a committed and conscientious pupil as well as a very successful rugby player. We are delighted that he has been awarded this contract and, as a school, we look forward to celebrating Jude’s future successes.
“As part of our commitment to Education with Character, we encourage all our pupils to work hard both inside and outside of the classroom, face challenges head on and to be resilient in pursuit of their goals. Jude has certainly embodied this commitment and his successes so far will inspire our other pupils to follow in his footsteps and reach their own goals and dreams.”
Miss Polson, Jude’s mother, added:
“I am so proud of Jude. This scholarship is well deserved. He has worked so hard, he puts everything into it because he simply loves rugby – he lives and breathes it.”