West Surrey Rugby Academy


A 2-year, full-time education and rugby development programme for 16-18 year olds. 

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Up to 420

British Colleges League

FREE for 16-18 year olds - There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit

3 GCSES A-C or 8-4 preferably one Maths or English

West Surrey Rugby

SCL Education Group


September 2018

Chobham Rugby Football Club, Fowlers Wells, Windsor Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8LD

Access to University, Apprenticeships, progress onto the club’s 1st team, Championship or Premiership Clubs and employment opportunities within the sport and leisure industry, including coaching placements.

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    • Select your chosen Academy and Book trial
    • Provide the information requested

    • Demonstrate your skills
    • Successful Players will be offered an interview

    • One hour Education interview
    • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

    • For you and your parents
    • Hear about the Education and Rugby programme
    • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
    • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
    • Ask any questions

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.


Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL. 

  • Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance 
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments 
  • Proven Progression routes


In addition to classroom based learning delivered by our outstanding teachers and training by highly qualified coaches, students will have access Pro-VLE, our Digital Learning Environment. Pro-VLE has been specifically designed to create a personalised, first class, digital learning experience for our students and has been tailored to support their education and development.

  • Access study resources any place and at any time
  • Simple submission of assignments online
  • Students can interact with their class, teachers and coaches using Yammer
  • Direct access to timetables, learner plans and emails 
  • Immediate access to tutor support
  • Coaches will share rugby performance and grades directly with students online
  • A section of the Pro-VLE solely dedicated to information, advice and guidance on Career Progression
  • Policies, Procedures, bursary forms and safeguarding information available at the click of a button
  • FREE Microsoft Office 365


  • Play in the British Colleges League
  • Professional coaching led by RFU Level 2 Coaches
  • Guidance on individual fitness
  • Nutritional advice
  • Field sessions, S&C, analysis, nutrition and more
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch
  • Focus on the four core components of the player development model: technical, tactical, physical and mental skills development.

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Rugby Academy.

West Surrey Rugby Academy provides talented players from West Surrey and the surrounding area with an opportunity to develop to the best of their abilities within the academy and club structure. Players attending the Academy can continue to play for their local club whilst representing the Academy in the British Colleges League Wednesday afternoons.

West Surrey Rugby Academy aim to first and foremost motivate and encourage young people to stay in education and provide pathways to higher education or career prospects while keeping one eye on the dream of progressing through the ranks to their first team, or indeed, for other opportunities in rugby.

West Surrey Rugby Academy's mission is to develop passionate young rugby players in all facets of the game whilst enabling students to build a career in the sport industry. This is achieved through combining an outstanding rugby excellence programme, with an unrivalled education programme – which provides a unique all round experience for those accepted onto the Academy.




Liam Cranford is an RFU Level 2 qualified coach with a passion for helping young players develop and reach their goals. He will lead the day to day coaching and oversees a team of coaching staff that will help to develop players during their time at the West Surrey Rugby Academy. Liam has over 12 years of coaching experience working with London Irish, Harlequins, Brunel University, Hampshire RFU and Surrey Rugby. As a player Liam played at county level with Surrey Rugby and represented Harlequins RL academy.

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The Rugby Academy will be based at Chobham Rugby Football Club, Fowlers Wells, Windsor Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8LD.


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  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

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