Simon wins the England Rugby VIP Award

Congratulations to, Director of Sport, Simon Charles for winning the England Rugby VIP Award. This award is offered to nominated coaches who have given a lengthy period of service to rugby. Simon was voted for by a panel that considered his length of service alongside the importance of his role.

England Rugby said: ‘Simon attended Cardiff and Loughborough Universities before spending 2 years at the University of Tennessee USA playing and coaching rugby. In 1990 he joined Stonyhurst College as Director of Sport and 1st XV Coach, the posts he still holds today.

For a school with approximately 800 pupils between the ages of 3 and 18, Stonyhurst has an extensive and enviable fixture list across the North of England. In addition, Stonyhurst has always fully supported and competed with impressive success at Lancashire County Cup Competitions at U14, U15, U16 and 1st XV. Similarly, Stonyhurst has always supported the Lancashire age-grade teams with numerous players progressing into the County sides. During this time, the list of individual honours is extensive with many students gaining county, regional and international honours, including Stonyhurst’s first female England U18 international, Connie, in 2023.

It is in fact in sevens that Simon and Stonyhurst have possibly had their greatest achievements. Simon coached the Rosslyn Park National winning teams in 1996 and 1999 and for the last thirty years he has organised the prestigious Stonyhurst Sevens.

For more than thirty years, Simon has been a phenomenal servant to Stonyhurst rugby in particular and Lancashire in general; for this, he fully deserves this award.’

Simon attended the Annual Awards Dinner with his wife Carolyn where he celebrated this wonderful achievement.

We would like to thank Simon for his continual hard work and dedication in his role.