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2 February

OVs in Sports and the Arts


Richard Protherough (S 93-95) is currently Director of Rugby at Birmingham Moseley Rugby. We were thrilled to hear that Richard has been involved with the Birmingham Coach Core Apprenticeship Scheme, and that he has taken part in an event discussing Apprenticeships in Sport with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Richard joined William and Kate at the event, which focussed on developing the next generation of talented sports coaches and sports stars.

Coach Core was founded in 2012 by The Royal Foundation to improve the availability and quality of sports coaching, whilst creating much needed employment for young people. The scheme operates in over six locations around the country – with more to follow. Coach Core has had a wider impact in local communities since. Every month 1,200 hours of coaching are delivered by each of the programmes and 100% of the graduates are in employment or training.


One to Watch

We were so pleased to hear about the continuing cricketing success of OV, Josh Tongue (Br 09-13). Josh was one of King’s star cricketers whilst he was at school, playing in the first XI cricket team, even whilst he was in the Removes.  Josh was originally selected to be a part of England’s Fast Bowling Programme and was then called up to join the England Lions training camp in Australia.  Unfortunately Josh incurred an injury to his left ankle and had to return home in January.  We look forward to following Josh’s continuing progress and wish him a speedy recovery. Josh is pictured on the back row of the England Group photo.



Top of the class

Our congratulations go to Cecilia Horacek (Br 10-17) who is the highest ranked student in the country in Pre-U Art and Design. Her final show, titled A New Troy, included an installation of painting, video and music, and site specific work placed around the school site and the Cathedral. Cecilia is currently doing an Art Foundation Course at Stourbridge College and hopes to go on to study Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh next year.




Theatre Debut

We were really pleased this week to learn that Abi Casson Thompson (W 06-13) is making her professional debut in the UK Tour of musical ‘Crazy For You’ which this week is being performed at Malvern Theatre. Abi trained in Musical Theatre at ArtsEd London and graduated in 2016. Before training Abi was a Junior Associate at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.