Reigate student Max Coyle is ending his school career on a high by landing a two-year professional contract with top rugby union team Harlequins.
Max, 18, who is a student at Reigate Grammar School, has been ‘one to watch’ for most of his school career. As an under-14, he won a place on Harlequins Development Player Programme along with four of his team mates from Reigate Grammar School. He also played for England as an Under-17 and Under-18.
Earlier this year, he made an important contribution to Harlequins’ Academy championship win for Harlequins Under-18, scoring six tries over the course of the competition, including a hat trick against Bath.
He has also played a key role in the success of his school team, playing no fewer than 32 times for the 1st XV; he scored 195 points (39 tries) over three years.
Max is thrilled to be on the cusp of a professional career and played tribute to his school: “I would never have been able to do this without the support I have had. The school and many of my coaches have helped me to develop as player and a big part of the credit should go to them.
“My parents have also played a huge part in my success. I wouldn’t have been able to train or play at the highest level if it wasn’t for my parents driving me all over the country.”
Doug Cooper, Reigate Grammar School Head of Rugby, added: “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication Max has put into his rugby has paid off. It was clear from an early age that he had potential. He has been a huge part of his year group at school.
“His success is proof that the rugby programme we have established at RGS has the ability to produce professional players. I wish Max the best of luck as he embarks on this tremendous opportunity. We shall be following his progress closely.”