Year 13 Josh – who is captain of both the 1st XV rugby and 1st XI cricket teams – has been in the London Irish Gold Rugby Academy since he was 16. Josh trains at Sunbury in London twice a week, and is then able to train with the Blue Coat team and play matches three days a week – an important consideration, given that he is the team captain. “As captain, I am responsible for making sure that everyone is engaged and focused towards the same goal”, Josh says. In the team’s first matches of the rugby season, Josh captained them to victory in a 50-0 friendly against Lord Wandsworth College and a closely-fought derby match against Shiplake.
Josh is the second of three Smart brothers to join Blue Coat, having attended Emmbrook Primary School: Matt finished his A Levels in 2016 and Joe is currently in Year 9. All three are good at sport. But, in addition to his involvement with sport, Josh is also House Captain of Malthus, which means he is responsible for managing the House Prefects, and making sure that things runs smoothly. “It’s all about participation”, Josh says.
He is taking A Levels in Geography, Business and Psychology for his A Levels and plans in future in rugby, Psychology, the Army – or all three!
So how does Josh cope with all of his responsibility? “I’m managing!” he says.