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Rugby Academy

The Academy prepares learners 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 a wide range of playing opportunities including partnership academies, professional and semi-professional environments including community rugby union.

Coventry College Rugby Team During Rugby Match

New elite facilities for Sport and Public Services learners!

The Coventry College rugby programme incorporates weekly training sessions including strength and conditioning, game analysis, fitness testing, physio support and competitive fixtures at our high performance, state-of-the-art Alan Higgs Centre facilities.

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

As part of the Academy, you will benefit from:

  • A fantastic coaching and support team with a wealth of experience
  • State-of-the-art facilities at the Alan Higgs Centre – 3G outdoor pitches, 3G indoor dome pitch, strength and conditioning gyms, 50 metre Olympic swimming pool, analysis rooms

To apply or find out more about the Rugby Academy, call 02476 791 682 or email

Students Playing Rugby

When Jamal started the course I was a little sceptical as I was concerned that he might not get the development and education that was promised. I had no need to worry. Within 3 months I started to see a transformation in Jamal both physically and mentally, particularly in his gameplay. This course has been the making of Jamal and given him opportunities with the Wasps Academy, England Rugby 7s Development Squad and now in his professional career.
I’ve never had any doubt that Jamal was showing talent in rugby but the course and team of coaches have accelerated that and given him the confidence in his ability to make it. I highly recommend this course to those with a willingness to adapt to new styles of coaching, are dedicated and have a positive attitude.It’s tough, so students need to be physically and mentally prepared. I can’t thank the team enough!

T Gask-Clarke

Four years ago my son came home from school and told me he wanted to join the (what was then) Henley College rugby programme, as a teacher I was sceptical about his decision! However, how wrong I was! My son’s development as a rugby player matured as a young man but more importantly, as a good character and leader – he went on to captain the team in his final year.
Where he got credit and distinctions at Level 3 the support that he received from the tutors was incredible. He went on to play semi-professional rugby. Looking back he still is very grateful for the life skills and education he got through playing rugby at Coventry College.

P Donaldson

Rugby Union 14-16 Player Pathway Programme

Female Rugby Union Programme

Meet our Coaches

Pete Glackin

Pete Glackin

Role: Head of Rugby, Sport Development
& Academies Manager

Coaching Qualifications: RFU Level 3

Current Roles:
Birmingham Moseley Rugby – Head Coach
England Counties RFU Senior – Assistant Coach

Previous Coaching Positions:
Birmingham & Solihull RFC – Head of Rugby
Coventry Rugby – Backs & Defence Coach
Warwickshire Senior County – Head Coach
England Colleges U19s – Head Coach

“The rugby education programme was officially launched in 2006 & has since grown year on year. A unique & bespoke education programme which provides a fantastic opportunity for talented 16-18yr old rugby players to operate in a full-time rugby union environment while on a full-time study programme.”

Danny Wright

Danny Wright

Role: Lecturer & Rugby Coach
Coaching Qualifications: RFU Level 2

Playing History:
England U20s (12caps)
Gloucester Rugby
Stade Francias – France
Birmingham Moseley Rugby
Coventry Rugby

“Having coached on the rugby programme for the last 5 years I have witnessed some extremely talented player’s progress on to professional, semi-professional & club rugby. It’s been great to support the development of the players each year.”

Joe Foreman

Joe Foreman

Role: Lecturer & Rugby Coach
Coaching Qualifications:
RFU Level 2
Personal Trainer Level 3
Gym Instructor Level 2

Playing History:
Birmingham Moseley Rugby
Birmingham and Solihull Rugby
Coventry Rugby
Midlands U18 and U20s

“Having gone full circle, playing on the rugby programme while on my Sport BTEC study programme it’s great to be able to support the next crop of talented players & support them with their career aspirations. The programme has significantly grown from when I was playing & it’s fantastic to see the college rugby programme grow from strength the strength.”

Interested in joining the Coventry College Rugby Academy?

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