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.
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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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.
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.
Delivering both sporting and educational excellence, whilst also being tailored to your club’s programme needs, The Rugby Union Academy will:
Blackheath Chairman Russell Ticehurst sees his club’s Academy system as a winner for three reasons.
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.
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.