We are the official college partner of Wasps Academy. We have teamed up to offer a bespoke educational programme, which provides learners of 16-18 with a platform to prepare themselves for a professional rugby career.
The Academy is run from Coventry College’s RFU Accredited Henley Campus and enables ambitious, talented students to combine their sporting development with academic studies.
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 what the course and the team of coaches have done is accelerate that and give 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. The course is tough so students need to be physically and mentally prepared. I can’t thank the team enough!
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.
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The Academy prepares students 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 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.
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 including a new strength and conditioning performance room, a fitness centre and pitches
To apply or find out more about the Rugby Academy, call 02476 791 682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Player Performances
Two former Coventry College Rugby Education Programme players make strides with Worcester Cavaliers in the Premiership Rugby Shield Competition on Monday 25th November at Sixways.
Jamal Gask Clarke and Harry Barnes who are senior academy players at Birmingham Moseley guested for Worcester Cavaliers in the 47-15 win against Sale Shark Jets. In an outstanding performance, both players came off the replacements bench to contribute to an impressive start to the premiership shield competition.
Meet our Coaches
Role: Head of Rugby, Sport Development
& Academies Manager
Coaching Qualifications: RFU Level 3
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.”
Role: Lecturer & Rugby Coach
Coaching Qualifications: RFU Level 2
England U20s (12caps)
Stade Francias – France
Birmingham Moseley 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.”
Role: Lecturer & Rugby Coach
RFU Level 2
Personal Trainer Level 3
Gym Instructor Level 2
Birmingham Moseley Rugby
Birmingham and Solihull 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.”
Latest from the Academy
April 1, 2020
Online software and video technology has enabled the College’s 31-strong cohort of rugby athletes - who combine classroom study with professional-standard rugby training as part of the Coventry College Rugby Academy - to continue their sporting development.
March 12, 2020
Sam Everett, 17, from Attleborough, will be representing England Counties Under-18s side in a two-match test series against Ireland C at the home of Bedford Blues
November 12, 2019
One of Coventry College’s most promising rugby talents has taken another step towards stardom after making his first senior appearance for one of the UK’s best-known rugby clubs.
October 15, 2019
Coventry College’s Head of Rugby has landed himself an additional role at one of the UK’s best-known rugby clubs
Head of Rugby and Academies Manager, Pete Glackin, has landed himself an additional role at Birmingham Moseley.
July 15, 2019
Jamal Gask-Clarke, a 17 year old student on the Coventry College Education Programme in partnership with Wasps Academy, has been invited to take part in the England 7s Academy Talent Identification Camp 2019.
April 12, 2019
Portugal’s Rugby Youth Festival will see more than 100 teams competing from across Europe, USA, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In the news
The Coventry College course that’s helping develop rugby union stars of the future
Wasps’ Antonio Harris and Josh McNulty at Harlequins have this course on their CVs
Trio of Coventry students secure place in Wasps’ youth system
Three college students from Coventry have taken a step closer to becoming professional rugby players