Two Gad’s Year 8 classmates have joined Saracens after being selected to play in the rugby union team’s elite development programme.

Freddie Petersen and Kieran Rains, both 13 and from Gravesend, won places after being nominated by Gad’s and taking part in the reigning champion club’s intensive selection process.

The Saracens Kent Developing Player Programme is the first step on the pathway from the community game, clubs and schools within the Saracens region. It aims to highlight and identify players who have shown stand out characteristics to develop further on the Saracens academy pathway.

The programme provides the first entry point opportunity for promising young players.

Outside of school, Freddie plays for Gravesend Rugby Football Club and Kieran plays for Whitstable Rugby Football Club.

Gad’s PE teacher, Mr Ben McDowell, said: “I’m so pleased for Freddie and Kieran – they are both great leaders on the pitch and communicate exceptionally well with teammates during the game.

“The boys are strong ambassadors for Gad’s. Their talent and sportsmanship has seen them step-up and represent us in older age divisions during inter-school tournaments.

“The ‘Gad’s family’ supports and celebrates our students’ successes in and out of school and I am excited for what the future holds for two of our most promising players.”

Saracens Football Club is an English professional rugby union team based in London, England, established in 1876. Saracens play in Premiership Rugby, the top level of domestic rugby union in England, where they are the reigning champions and have won the title five times.

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