Coventry College Rugby Stars of the Future

A team of potential future rugby stars are set to fly out from Coventry to Portugal to take part in one of the biggest youth tournaments in the world.

The 25-strong squad from Coventry College will be taking part in the Portugal International Youth Tournament in Lisbon from April 6 to 10.

Coventry College is the official college partner of Wasps Academy, with the two teaming up to offer a bespoke educational programme which provides learners of 16-18 years-of-age with a platform to prepare themselves for a professional rugby career.

The programme, which was launched last year, allows budding players to combine their sporting development with academic studies at Coventry College’s RFU Accredited Henley Campus, getting them set up for a career either as a player, or in a support role such as a qualified coach or sports psychologist.

Those who shine during their time on the programme are given a pathway to progress to Wasps Academy and even potentially the Wasps first team thanks to the link up.

The competition in Portugal will present an opportunity for the players to make a name for themselves against teams from all over the world.

A squad selected from the 40 players on the programme’s books will also be taken to the Rosslyn Park 7’s tournament in London on March 22, which has seen international stars of the game take part in their younger days.

Peter Glackin, Head of Rugby with Coventry College, said: “We are all looking forward to taking part in the Portugal International Youth Tournament.

“It is a player development focused, competitive event and the tournament provides a great opportunity for our players to learn about different styles of play and different team organisation.

“The same goes for the Rosslyn Park 7’s tournament.  Some great players have earned their stripes on that stage and we are excited to be taking part in it for the first time.”

The Coventry College rugby programme in partnership with Wasps Academy incorporates weekly training sessions including strength and conditioning, game analysis, fitness testing, physio support and competitive fixtures.

It also allows players to keep up their academic studies and obtain qualifications in physiotherapy, sports psychology and more.

Peter Brammall, Principal and Chief Executive at Coventry College, said: “I was very excited to learn about the partnership with Wasps when I joined the College and am looking forward to working closely with them in the coming months.

“All of us at the College wish the team the best of success in the upcoming competitions.

“It will be a great experience for all those taking part.”

Matt Williams, Pathways Manager at Wasps Academy, said: “The link with Coventry College is great, they provide their players with great rugby experiences with the opportunity to progress in to our Academy programmes if they show the potential.

“We wish all the Coventry College players well with their upcoming tournaments.”