prepares for new challenges at Hartpury College
The end of the Summer Term in July will see the departure of one of Colston's School's longest-serving and most respected members of staff.
Deputy Headmaster Alan Martinovic will bring 22 years of service to the school to a close, having accepted the position of Junior Rugby Academy Director at Hartpury College, Gloucester.
"After 22 years, I'm looking to do something different," Alan
"The job at Hartpury
allows me to work in rugby on a full-time basis, but still in an educational environment."
Alan joined Colston's Maths Department in 1987 from Kingdown Community School, Warminster.
obtained a quick promotion to Head of Aldington House in 1990; however, it wasn't long before his
new school hit severely turbulent times, as Alan details.
Step forward the newly-appointed Deputy Headmaster Mr Martinovic, who made a number of proposals regarding the marketing of the school, namely the revamping of Open Day.
Nevertheless, it is in rugby that Alan
has really made his
mark at Colston's
early playing career was promising; he
was selected for the President's XV (equivalent of England Saxons
at U15 level) and played for the team now known as Exeter Chiefs while still at school.
moved on to Moseley RFC when he
accepted a place at university in Birmingham, before a series of badly broken noses in conjunction with new teaching commitments resulted in his
premature retirement, aged just 26.
turned to coaching, and he
ran several junior teams at Colston's
before being appointed assistant to 1st XV coach Mr Peter Johnson in 1991 and they organised a tour of the Southern Hemisphere in the summer of that year.
took over the reins upon Peter's exit in 1993 and set about revitalising rugby at Colston's
, instigating a range of changes in culture and style.
But even Alan
did not expect the success that would ultimately result from those changes.
"I didn't set out with the intention of making Colston's
a rugby superpower," he
It is an experience which Alan
"We went to Twickenham full of confidence," he
does not understate the contribution of Andy Robinson either.
"Resentment about us winning every year had been building for a while," Alan
"It's a common misconception that we were banned from the competition, or that we withdrew because we didn't think that we could win under the new rules," Alan
That same year, the ERFSU presented Alan
with a trophy for outstanding services to schoolboy rugby.
"People often ask me how such a group of players came together," Alan
Unfortunately, a bout of ill health at the start of 2005 meant that Alan
missed the quarter-final and semi-final matches and resulted in his
resignation as 1st XV head coach that summer after 12 years.
Since then, he
has helped out with the coaching of all teams in the school, including the occasional session with the 1st XV.
has also continued to unearth talented players of all ages and assist them with their entrance into the school, as well as teaching Maths of course!
legacy to Colston's Rugby is irrefutable; over 80 schoolboy internationals, 24 current Guinness Premiership players and 11 full internationals were produced during his
time as head coach.
From 2006 until the end of the season just gone, he was the head coach of local National Division Three South side Dings Crusaders, which provided a gateway into National League rugby for Colston's players.
But what does Alan
think of it all?
"It will be very sad for me when I leave Colston's