BTC student represents England's South West u18s Squad | Bridgwater & Taunton College

BTC are proud to announce that Level 3 Sporting Excellence & Performance student Jackson Hurley has been selected to represent the South West Divisional Under 18s Rugby team. They are set to play two fixtures in February with these games being the trials for the England Counties Under 18s side. The first of the games was this past weekend with the South West drawing 31-31 against the North.

Jackson was initially selected for Somerset Under 18s, alongside four other college students; George Francis, Jacob Parker, Will Clapham and Reuben Lloyd. From the three games that they represented their county in the South West squad was selected from the eight counties that make up the Divisional side, ranging from Cornwall to Buckinghamshire.

Jackson has attended various training camps with the South West squad and was named as vice-captain for their first game against the North , played at Warwick University. With their second game against London & South East being played in Bristol at Cotham Park Rugby Club this coming weekend.

Jackson has captained the Team BTC Rugby side in his second year at the college whilst studying on our Level 3 Sporting Excellence and Performance course. As part of the course, he has received some form of rugby training everyday whilst balancing this with his academic work. This has resulted in Jackson looking to continue his studies for a degree in Strength & Conditioning alongside playing Rugby at Hartpury University.

Jackson commented,

“The rugby programme at BTC has helped and enabled me to reach my full potential through the high quality and experienced coaching as well as the vast playing opportunities it has allowed me with Bristol Bears, Somerset RFU and finally England South West U18s.
Studying on the Level 3 Sporting Performance and Excellence course  has given me an insight into a professional performers perspective and lifestyle and adapted it toward my game”

The former Bristol Bears Academy member and current Bridgwater & Albion RFC colt has been a standout performer for Team BTC Rugby on the pitch, leading by example and being an excellent leader for the team.

Brett Harvey, Rugby Development Manager said,

“We are really pleased for Jackson and delighted that he has been recognised for his rugby abilities. Historically, Somerset Rugby tends to be one of the lesser represented counties within the South West squads, so for Jackson to have made the squad is a huge testament to his performances on field and the work he has put in away from the pitch. As a playing and coaching group, Team BTC Rugby are hugely proud that Jackson will be representing us in the two games and feel privileged to have had him as part of the College team”

We wish Jackson all the best in his remaining game and as a college we are extremely proud of his achievements.

If you are interested in following in Jackson’s footsteps representing BTC or studying on our Sporting Excellence & Performance course please contact our Rugby Development Manager, Brett Harvey on the following email address,

You can also find out more about the College and the sporting opportunities we have available to our students please call 01278 441216 or visit

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