Andrew Engelbrecht went to Monument Primary School and was spotted by some old boys at the Junior rugby section of Pirates Club. He is now at King Edward VII School, on a scholarship funded by a group friends who want him to benefit from the sort of education we provide.
His primary school played at the Easter Rugby Festival last year and he decided then that this was where he wanted to be. “I was impressed by the fields and buildings, and also by the spirit of the boys on the stands. So, when I was given the chance to come to King Edward VII it was a dream come true,” he said.
He is settling in at School house and enjoying being surrounded by friends all day. “I knew quite a few of the boys from Pirates rugby, but I’ve met a lot of new ones and already we are getting on quite well,” he said.
He has taken up water polo as a summer sport and he is really liking it. “It’s a new game to me and I am learning fast. I am in the B team, but I can tell it’s a great game for getting fit for rugby, and for developing ball skills.”
He was quite good as an athlete at primary school, he says, so he is looking forward to that when the time comes. “I made the inter-district stage at high jump in primary school, and I hope to keep on improving.”
Andrew fully realises that sport is not the only important thing at school and getting an 80% average this year is one of his aims. “I did quite well in academics at primary school, so I am going to give it a full go here. I want to get those sorts of marks, and to make the A rugby team.”
We will be keeping an eye on him.