Sutton Valence School has a long and strong rugby tradition and even for a relatively small school we regularly field 10 or more sides, from age 11 through to 18. Sutton Valence School rugby player in the beautiful heart of Kent, against a moody sky

Rugby is played during the Michaelmas term, with all year groups playing as part of their games programme. However, all are actively encouraged to take part in School fixtures, whether it be at 1st team level or the U13D team.

We aim to nurture and develop the core skills of all our players and instil the values and ethos that underpin the sport of Rugby. Through this on-going process, the level of performance will improve and players will realise their potential both on and off the field.

We regularly put players forward for county selection and over recent years many have made selection throughout the age groups. We regularly have students who are part of the Harlequins or Saracens Rugby Academy pathways and this is testimony to the hard work and high ability of our students and also our coaches.

We have an extensive 15-a-side fixture list playing many top rugby schools such as Tonbridge School, Eastbourne College, Whitgift School and King’s Canterbury. During the Spring Term, the 1st VII, U16 VII and U14 VII enter the National Sevens at Rosslyn Park. 

In recent seasons Sutton Valence has developed strong links with Saracens Rugby Club that has led to a number of innovative links being developed with the current European Cup and Premiership Champions.

The School have worked in partnership with Saracens to design a pre-season programme that gives players the opportunity to participate either in a two-day camp or a three-day (two night) residential camp that will be run prior to the Michaelmas Rugby Term. This pre-season camp is open to players from outside Sutton Valence School who are welcome to attend.


Saracens Rugby Logo at Sutton Valence School

Head of Rugby

The coaching team is led by England Rugby Level 3 coach, Mr Mark Howell, who was a Welsh junior international player before playing professionally for Worcester Warriors. He has captained the Metropolitan Police Service 1st XV and became a British Police Rugby International. Mr Howell is currently the Lead Coach on the Saracens / Kent Under 14 Development Player Pathway coaching and nurturing the counties best Rugby talent.

Contact Us

Sutton Valence School

North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent, ME17 3HL


Tel: 01622 845200


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