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Just a glance at the broad smile on Darren Reeves face is enough to tell you that hes a very happy man and revelling in his new role as Director of Rugby at the Towers School in Ashford, Kent.

The 30 year-old `man of Kent quit his job as the England Rugby Football Unions Community Rugby Coach for the county in 2010 to join the staff at the Faversham Road school and has never looked back since.

His immediate task was to get a Sixth Form Rugby Academy up and running, not an easy job in a school entrenched in football but one that hes applied himself to with great vim and vigour and one which is already taking shape nicely.

Its awesome absolutely brilliant, everydays a rugby day!, enthuses Darren. We were not known as a rugby playing school at all so we just had to get the profile out there and build on what we had.

And what he did indeed have initially was a group of fifteen Sixth Formers aged between 16 and 19 eager to join the Academy and to take full advantage of the schools excellent facilities that included a brand-new indoor sports hall, for when the weather got bad, complete with a multi-fitness suite and their own match analysis classroom.

All of the Academy players have to attend their rugby lessons as well as complete their regular academic studies using the analysis classroom to not only replay and analyse their own performances - as every game is videoed - but also, at times, as their everyday classroom.

And it certainly proved a successful opening season on the pitch for the Towers School Academy side who walked of with the Kent College League title beating off local rivals Kay College, Bromley College, North West Kent College and Canterbury College.

This season the squad has swollen to 23 which should be a big help in defending their title especially as the Kent College League has been expanded to 10 teams playing in two leagues of five with a play-off final between the league winners to decide the outright title.

Now that the Academy side is truly up and running Darren can begin to concentrate of building a structure throughout the various school age groups to keep a steady flow of new Academy entrants coming through the doors in future years.

Weve got rugby teams at all levels and we try to spot rugby talent early on, sums up Darren. But our main target is when they hit Academy age.

And its not only at school where Darren has been successful as last season he also underlined his coaching prowess by guiding the Ashford RFC team to the Kent 1 league title and promotion.

London 3 South East is a bit of a step up, he admits as they feel their way in the new league. Were not firing on all cylinders yet!

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