The Rugby Union Academy

OVERVIEW

Designed to develop talented local players, aged 16-18, who have the potential to compete at a high level and bring the passion and commitment needed to play for your club, The Rugby Union Academy aims to produce the complete rugby playing professional.

  • Open to aspiring players aged 16-18
  • Develops sporting and academic performance in the heart of your club
  • Achieves outstanding academic learner outcomes
  • A track record for players progressing into the first team, relevant employment or higher education

Under the supervision of your club’s coaches, players are given the opportunity to train at the club, play a highly competitive and challenging fixture programme as well as continue their education with SCL, a leading sports education specialist, rated ‘GOOD’ by Ofsted.

Each year the programme, which is government-funded, achieves outstanding academic learner outcomes and has a track record for players progressing into the first team, relevant employment or higher education on completion.

This tried and tested rugby excellence and education programme, created specifically for Rugby Union clubs, community trusts and private academies, will not only attract, develop and retain quality youth players to your club, but also support you in creating a Rugby World Cup legacy.

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WHY PARTNER WITH SCL

SCL is the leading provider of education through sport in the Further Education sector and is one of the UK’s largest providers of sports-based education. We are a government-approved, privately owned training provider and are highly respected in our field, renowned for setting the benchmark in Sports Academy provision.

  • Successfully graduated 6,000+ Academy players
  • Partner with 40+ professional and non-league sports clubs, community trusts and private academies
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery
  • Over 15 years’ experience

We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding education programmes for young people and are very proud of the reputation we have built within the Further Education, Adult Skills and Sport & Leisure sector. This is the very reason we attract new clubs each season and maintain long sustainable partnerships. We are always looking for likeminded partners to delivery programme that share our vision and values.

We also:

  • Develop strong working relationships with our Academy partners
  • Provide excellent education programmes
  • Run our programmes to the highest of standards
  • Manage the programmes from start to finish
  • Provide Quality Assurance of coaching programmes
  • Assist players in achieving outstanding academic learner outcomes and relevant progression routes on completion

PROGRAMME BENEFITS

Delivering both sporting and educational excellence, whilst also being tailored to your club’s programme needs, The Rugby Union Academy will:

  • Attract, develop and retain quality youth players
  • Provide a guaranteed revenue stream through the provision of facilities and coaching staff
  • Give you a tailored programme to meet your club’s needs
  • Provide opportunities to support the NEET agenda in your sport
  • Meet core social responsibilities within your community, education, health, social inclusion and sports development
  • Heighten awareness and positive PR

Plus…

  • The entire programme is delivered direct from your facilities
  • The programme can be offered as:
    • Youth Scholarship
    • Second Chance
    • Community Rugby For All
    • Women’s development

NEWS

ACADEMY WINS ON ALL COUNTS AT BLACKHEATH

Blackheath Chairman Russell Ticehurst sees his club’s Academy system as a winner for three reasons.

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PLAY AND LEARN FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE WITH SCL

By creating a partnership with SCL, clubs can set-up their own private academies for 16-18 year olds to train and gain a Diploma in Sport. 

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SUCCESSFULLY EMBEDDING FUNCTIONAL SKILLS IN SPORT

SCL has managed to not only engage young learners who would not otherwise be interested in full-time learning, but have produced Functional Skills results which are excellent by anybody’s standards.

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RUN A SUCCESSFUL ACADEMY WITH SCL

Attract, develop and progress talented 16-18 year old players to your club with The Rugby Academy.
  • 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,

  • 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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