23rd November 2018
Daniel, who studies a BTEC Level 3 in Sport at Bishop Burton and trains as part of the Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) rugby programme in partnership with Yorkshire Carnegie, has been involved in the England Rugby Developing Player Programme (ERDPP) from the age of 12 and with Yorkshire Carnegie Academy directly since he was 14.
Following an excellent international U18 series last year, where Dan played an instrumental role in helping Scotland secure some significant victories, Dan was selected onto the October training camp for England U18.
Since starting in 2017, Dan has been a regular for the Bishop Burton AASE rugby team and more recently has captained the team to the top divisional round of games in the latter half of the season.
Tom Gilchrist, Head Coach of the Bishop Burton AASE programme has been impressed with Dan’s development and leadership; “We are delighted for Dan. Since coming to Bishop Burton he has worked hard on his on and off the field performance behaviours.
“Dan has benefitted from the partnership that we have with Yorkshire Carnegie as we have managed him as a player from a joined up approach and have consistency between both academy and AASE programmes.”
He added; “Dan is an exciting young player and has lots more to come if he continues applies himself."
Dan, who found his passion for rugby at his local club, West Park Leeds, when he was just six years old, is excited about the rest of this season and thrilled to be moving into the senior academy.
“It has been a huge honour to be able to train with the senior squad a few times this year,” said Dan. “I have had a great insight into what it means to be a professional and preparing to play a Championship game.”
He added; “It is very special to sign for the club that I have supported and watched since I was young. I realise that it is just the start of my journey and I need to work hard to achieve my goals of playing Premiership rugby and representing my country.
“I have had great support along the way from Graham Chadwick at West Park Leeds, John McKenzie at the Grammar School at Leeds, Mike, Tom and Tomasi at Bishop Burton as well as my Dad; I would like to thank them all for where I have got to in my journey so far and I will keep working hard to push on and get better.” The college is proud to offer elite sporting pathways in a range of sports at its Bishop Burton campus.