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DEVELOPMENT AND SCHOOL NEWS Kyle didn’t start playing tennis until he was 10 and although he was still at the Prep School, it didn’t take long for word of his talent to reach Trevor Loten, the senior boys’ tennis coach at Pocklington School at the time. Trevor, who is a maths teacher and resident boarding house tutor at Fenwick-Smith, recalled: “I brought him in to play for Pocklington School in the Under-12 Northern School Boys Championship, which he and his partner won. He was 10 at the time and you could see he was really talented. “I’ve followed his career ever since and even played against him about three years ago when he came back to his former tennis club in Beverley. He was only knocking about, thankfully, but I had a bit of a chat with him, which was lovely.” He added: “I think Kyle’s now in the best physical shape he’s ever been. He’s developed his mental toughness and ability to fight back, and reaching this stage of the Australian Open will also boost his confidence no end. I think he‘ll certainly progress to become one of the world’s top 16 players.” round every class and took the time to talk to pupils. He also signed a tennis ball for every Prep School pupil. “It’s so nice that he still remembers us,” said Russ. “He’s very unassuming and quiet… you wouldn’t know he was a superstar. But in our eyes he always was and is.” Mark Ronan, Headmaster, Pocklington School, added: “We are thrilled about Kyle’s success, and we appreciate how he took the time to come back and see us after his Davis Cup win and engage with the pupils. “As an Old Pocklingtonian he certainly remains true to our ‘Courage and Truth’ motto. We wish him all the best in his tennis career.” Since Melbourne, Kyle has gone from strength to strength in the tennis rankings, becoming the No. 1 British Men’s player in March and reaching a career high of 16 in the ATP World Tour rankings in July – and fulfilling Trevor Loten’s prediction! What next for this talented young man…? After winning the Davis Cup in 2015, Kyle returned to the Prep School days later, took a replica trophy POCKLINGTONIAN SPORTS DINNER WITH SPECIAL GUESTS FROM THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL RUGBY As we go to press, the school and the OP Association are looking forward to hosting the second Pocklingtonian Sports Dinner, at The Oaks Golf Club, near Bubwith. The Oaks is owned and run by the Nutt family, all former parents or students of the school, and after doing such a fantastic job of hosting us for our inaugural Sports Dinner with Michael Vaughan in 2016, we decided to return there for this very special night with guests Rory Underwood MBE, Steve McNamara and Rob Vickerman. We have over 120 guests expected at the event, 14 including Old Pocklingtonians, current and former parents, Governors and staff. Rob, who is a current parent at school, will be hosting the evening as well as telling guests about his experiences as one of England’s Rugby Sevens most successful captains. He led the team to wins in the World Series Events in 2008, 2011 and 2013, and reached the Sevens World Cup Final in 2013. He also played for Leeds Rugby and Newcastle Falcons, making 50 premiership appearances. Steve is also a current parent at school and is head coach at the Catalan Dragons, recent winners of the Challenge Cup. After a 15 year playing career, Steve became assistant and then head coach for Bradford Bulls. He was then appointed head coach of England Rugby League, which culminated in a 2015 test series win over New Zealand. Moving down under, he spent time coaching the Sydney Roosters, the New Zealand Warriors and the New Zealand national team before returning to the northern hemisphere. Rory scored a record 49 tries for England (85 caps, 1984-1996) and won 6 caps for the British Lions touring Australia (1989) and New Zealand (1993). He played first class rugby at Leicester Tigers for an unbelievable 14 years and was awarded the MBE in 1992 for his services to rugby. Throughout his rugby career, Rory amassed 18 years flying as a pilot in the RAF. We’re sure the evening will be a great success and will be a fitting celebration of rugby and all the sports enjoyed by the Pocklington School community. Look out on our social media channels for photos and a report of the event later this month.