The Sir Gareth Edwards Scholarship Fund

The Sir Gareth Edwards Scholarship will provide a life changing education at Millfield for new rugby talent, enabling young athletes to discover their full potential.

Sir Gareth was at a technical school in Wales when his teacher realised that his talent was exceptional, and felt passionately that Sir Gareth should go to a school which could help him reach his full potential. He approached Millfield’s founding Headmaster, ‘Boss’ Meyer, who agreed to campaign for a private sponsor for Sir Gareth’s place at Millfield. Boss secured anonymous funding, which ultimately transpired to be Boss himself, and he distinguished this as a ‘special award’.

"When I was a teenager, I never thought for a moment what the future held for me. My scholarship at Millfield brought me opportunities which transformed my life, no doubt about it.

Sir Gareth Edwards CBE (1964-1966; Millfield).


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Please invest in a project which will support generations of rugby stars into the future, regardless of their financial means. All contributions to this award are extremely valuable, from £10 to £100,000 we do need your support.

“ The 1964-66 Millfield rugby squad are creating their team’s legacy at Millfield by contributing collectively to the Sir Gareth Edwards Scholarship Fund. We cannot think of a more appropriate way to repay our collective debt to the school, Boss, our coaches, and of course Sir Gareth, in support of future Millfield rugby teams and we do hope that you will be able to contribute, as you are able.”

Former Captain of Rugby, Andrew Higginson OBE, MBE (1961-1965; Shapwick).

“I wanted to play for England one day, but it wasn’t until I was 17 that I realised I might make it. Millfield gave me the opportunity to do what I am doing today, and put me in a great position. I’m very privileged to have been a student there. They give you the opportunities, through top-class coaching and facilities. It's no surprise that the school produced top-class players in Sir Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, John Mallett, Matt Perry, Chris Oti, and Mako Vunipola.

Chris Robshaw (1997-1999; MPS/1999-2004; Butleigh)

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