Leading independent school showcases their Olympic talent

One of the UK’s leading independent schools is celebrating with its former students as it continues to build a strong reputation for creating and training Olympians.

Plymouth College, which has been established over 139 years, has 8 former students and one current student competing in the 2016 Games in Rio, with some medals already under the belt, the school is optimistic about the school’s record of producing bronze, silver and gold medallists.

James Friendship, spokesperson for Plymouth College believes the school has the right components to develop and nature athletes and high achievers in performance sports:

“Since the programme’s inception, our athletes have won Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European titles; broken World, Commonwealth and European records; won gold medals at every major international competition on the calendar and have taken over 100 British and English records.

The number of our athletes with international experience is now in excess of 70, with the majority of this number having been selected for Great Britain and/or England.

Our athletes have broken National records across thirty different nations around the world. As a school we have worked hard to develop a world class programme which delivers success academic as well as performance sports.”

As one of the top swimming schools in the UK Plymouth College are naturally pleased to have so many former students out in Rio and believe it is a credit to the principle of the coaches and students’ commitment.

Jon Rudd, Director of Swimming for Plymouth College and an Olympic Coach at the Rio Games believes the success is down to the attitude and partnership between students and coaching staff: “We simply provide the right environment, the quality training and work hard with the students. Hard work, dedication and a sense of partnership is the key to achieving success whether it is competitive sport, business or another profession”.

Since the games opened, the school has seen a flurry of interest in their programme and has had requests for more information about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete. The number of pupils who have go on to be Olympians is now well into double figures, Mr Friendship believes people are curious to know more about the school that creates Olympians:

“We’re launching a section on our website where people can see the back story of some of our students who are competing out in Rio as well as other national and international competitions. Our students spend years and months training for a few moments which decide whether it’s bronze, silver or gold. We want to celebrate their dedication and commitment to be an Olympian.”

The college is launching the section on their website which contains videos, photos and commentary on Friday 12th August and can be viewed at

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