Academy of Sport at Coventry CollegeRugby 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.
Kickstart your career
Our programmes focus on developing knowledge of the sporting industry to prepare learners for either playing professionally or working in the industry in another capacity.
As a member of the academy, you’ll benefit from top-class coaching and support alongside state-of-the-art facilities at the Alan Higgs Centre.
You’ll 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
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.
"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!"
"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."
Latest News and Events from the Academy
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.
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.
A programme which is the first of its kind in Coventry and will help develop the next generation of female rugby players has been launched.
Head of Rugby and Academies Manager, Pete Glackin, has landed himself an additional role at Birmingham Moseley.
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.
A Coventry teenager is living the American dream after being selected to represent Great Britain at his favourite sport.
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
Coventry College student Demi Ponticelli has been selected ahead of around 50 other trialists to represent the Association of Colleges (AoC) National Netball squad for the coming year.
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.