Two Wallace Hall S6 pupils, Brodie Fergusson and Freya Gracie, have recently been selected for the U18s Scotland Futures Rugby Squad. This programme is an individual performance development programme that supports players to deliver their potential and progress into high-performance rugby environments. The programme delivers core areas of performance development including the physical demands, tactical decision making, technical skill and positive behaviours required to play in high-level matches. The girls will get the opportunity to develop as part of a team through training camps and international game opportunities.
Brodie said: “I was originally nominated at the start of Covid but didn’t get the chance to go to the trials until January 2022. I was successful throughout both days and was one of 30 girls that made it through to the squad. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to represent Scotland and I can’t wait to participate in the Performance Pathway Programme provided by the SRU. I would like to thank my teachers, coach and family for all of the support they have given me so far.”
Freya added: “I am really proud of myself for making it through to the squad as there were so many fantastic players over the trial weekend. I feel very lucky to have been selected and I am excited about the months ahead. The programme will be a great opportunity to develop my skills and performance at a high level. I started playing rugby for the school in S1 and really want to encourage young girls to get involved.”
Barry Graham, Head Teacher at Wallace Hall Academy, said: “I am delighted that Brodie and Freya have been selected for the U18s Scotland Futures Rugby Squad. Both girls have already shown exceptional ability in the sport and I look forward to watching them thrive in this high-performance environment.”