February 5, 2021

Old Boy update – Matthew Jenkinson (Newlands, 2005-2014)

Matthew Jenkinson left NSB in 2014, going on to study sport science and become a PE teacher, all the while continuing to play rugby. Read more about what he has been up to since leaving NSB.

During my time at NSB I loved sport, particularly rugby, which has influenced my life choices since. Currently, I am working as a PE teacher in York, which was an ambition of mine that stemmed from my time at NSB. My senior rugby career after captaining NSB 1st XV started at Blaydon RFC, making my debut for the first team in a national league game only a year after leaving school, an achievement I am extremely proud of. 

From there, I was offered a sports scholarship from Northumbria University and studied Sport Science there. A personal highlight from Northumbria was finishing second in the BUCS Super League in my final year. I was also fortunate enough to play for Northumbria against Newcastle University at St. James’ Park. 

I then progressed onto a postgraduate SCITT course in Physical Education. During this time, I returned to Blaydon RFC, where we narrowly lost out on promotion in a play-off. After qualifying as a teacher, I moved to Hull for my first teaching job in 2019. In Hull I briefly played for Hull RFC before transferring to Driffield RFC, where I still play.

This season I was set to introduce video analysis sessions at Driffield and take on the vice captaincy role. Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic this has not been possible, but I am still exploring ways to develop my own coaching by taking online RFU courses in my spare time.

Rugby has given me amazing friendships anywhere I have been. This has been particularly important when moving to new places and away from family. The close friendships that I have gained from rugby have been an amazing support system. Although everything feels very uncertain at the moment, in the future I would like to see Driffield be promoted next season, with a long-term career goal of becoming a head of a successful PE & Games department.