Eastbourne Rugby Football Club would like to offer our warmest congratulations to one of the clubs current U15 squad members.
Oliver Wigman 14, has been formally invited to join the Harlequins U15's academy Developing Player Programme (DPP) after attending several trials over the summer break.
The role of the DPP is to work with county coaches and development officers to identify players who have the talent to benefit from, and progress through, the programme. DPP players will continue to play rugby for their club, school and county side.
Oliver's father, Ashley Wigman who is also Eastbourne RFC's Head of Rugby said "We are incredibly proud of all our club members who pull on the blue and gold jersey regardless of which age group they represent. This shows the depth of knowledge and commitment that all our coaching staff offer our members. Being a parent of a child who has worked so hard to achieve a dream is immensely satisfying and makes me so extremely proud.
Oliver joins a list of players who started their rugby journey at ERFC who have then gone onto either the full-time Harlequins Academy or playing for their senior mens squad, most notably Luke James and Joe Marler. On his invitation to join the academy Oliver said "Getting into the DPP is a small piece out of a big puzzle. I have worked hard over the last two seasons in relation to my personal development. I love playing the game and will keep improving myself as I progress and keep a level head. It doesn't matter who you are, you can be what ever u want to be and I encourage everyone to follow their dreams".