Scottish Rugby Academy

The Scottish Rugby Academy, for sponsorship reasons the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy, is a national academy structure designed to give Scotland's young rugby stars a pathway into the professional game.[1]

Scottish Rugby Academy
Established2015
OwnerScottish Rugby Union
Location

The Academy structure is based on 4 regional academies geographically based on the traditional districts of Glasgow District. Edinburgh District, North and Midlands and South.

BackgroundEdit

The regional academies were launched at the University of Aberdeen’s Hillhead campus on 1 October 2014 at the flagship academy in Caledonia, which is a combination of North and Midlands regions.

The Academies are open to the best talent, male and female, from the age of 14 onwards. The initial focus will be on players within the 16, 18 and 20-year-old age-groups and the top tier of the Academy, stage three, will replace the current Elite Development Player strand within the pro-clubs.

They will also seek to develop the next tranche of coaches and seek to better bridge the gap between the club and professional game.[2]

Academy Development StagesEdit

Supported stagesEdit

Stage 1 and 2 are known as the supported stages. They are often combined in the listing of annual intakes.[1]

Stage 1 - Early Talent IdentificationEdit

Regionally selected and regionally supported players

Under 14 and Under 15 players invited to attend regional skills camps and local pathway sessions/matches as an initial Academy selection process.

Stage 2 - Player Membership TermsEdit

Nationally selected and regionally supported players

Selected as having the potential to play professional rugby or influence the future success of Scotland Women’s rugby. Players will be managed by Scottish Rugby through the Academy Membership Terms and supported regionally within the Academy structure.

Contracted stageEdit

These players are given a professional contract by the Scottish Rugby Academy. Although given placements at professional clubs, they are not contracted by Glasgow Warriors or Edinburgh etc. Players graduate from the Academy when a professional club contract is offered.[1]

Stage 3 - Player ContractEdit

Nationally selected and regionally supported players

Players selected by Scottish Rugby and supported through the Academy based on Academy Membership Terms but who are also separately contracted by the Scottish Rugby Union and aligned to a professional club and supported regionally within the Academy structure.[3]

Regional AcademiesEdit

CaledoniaEdit

Caledonia Academy
Ground(s)Hillhead, University of Aberdeen
Coach(es)Bruce Frame (Head Coach)
Kris Burney
Lisa Erskine
Rob Anderson
Andrew Murphy

The Caledonia Academy was the first of the four academies built in Scotland, a year before the others arrived in 2015. Originally Bruce Frame was announced as manager of the Caledonia Academy.[4] He has since been joined with other coaches.[5] Both Aberdeen University and the Aberdeen Sports Village offer their facilities to the rugby union students.[6]

EdinburghEdit

Edinburgh Academy
Ground(s)Napier University, Edinburgh
Coach(es)Graeme Beveridge (Head Coach)
Jared Deacon
Gavin Dempsey
Alasdair Dickinson
Bryan Easson
Luke Magee
Colin Nash

Former Scotland international scrum-half Graeme Beveridge was announced as manager of the Edinburgh Academy.[7]

The facilities include a number of exercise physiology labs, one featuring an environment chamber that simulates altitude, humidity, and hot and cold conditions.

An extension will be built to the University's current performance gym, which will include a 20-metre running track and physio area, as well as free weights and cardio machines.[8]

Glasgow and the WestEdit

Glasgow and West Academy
Ground(s)Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell
Coach(es)Shade Munro (Head Coach)
Euan Clarke (Academy Coach)
Gary Strain (Resource Coach)
Mike Legget (Head S&C Coach)
Sean Lamont (S&C Coach)
Tyrone Holmes (Performance Coach)
Brian King (Lead Physiotherapist)
Maddy Meenagh (Junior Physiotherapist)

Along with the announcement of Bruce Frame, Jamie Dempsey was initially appointed Manager of the Glasgow and West Academy.[4] After leaving the Scotland women's national rugby union team on 2019, Shade Munro is now the Lead Coach of the Glasgow Academy.[9]

Work went underway to create a new purpose built facility, on-site at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, with fitness and medical equipment, all part of Scottish Rugby's major policy initiative to develop a regional Academy system. [10]

The Glasgow and West Academy has relocated to the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell for season 2019-20.[11]

Borders and East LothianEdit

Borders and East Lothian Academy
Ground(s)Netherdale, Galashiels
Coach(es)Chris Dewsnapp (Head Coach)
Ryan Crockatt (Physio)
Ross Miller (Skills Coach)
Greg Smail (Lead S&C Coach)
Ross Ford (S&C Coach)

The Borders and East Lothian Academy will operate from the Netherdale Campus, in Galashiels.

This is the fourth and final facility to be announced and has been made possible through a partnership with Heriot-Watt University, Borders College, Gala Junior Rugby Council and the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust.

Chris Dewsnap, the Borders and East Lothian Academy Manager, and his staff will have access to gym facilities at TriFitness and the 3G pitch at Fairydean, while Heriot-Watt will provide office, rehab and medical space, with Hayward Pavilion hosting changing and on-field medical facilities. Borders College will provide access to the gym and will offer additional office space.[12]

Current SeasonEdit

Previous SeasonsEdit

CompetitionEdit

The Academy teams compete in the U-20 Championship, U-18 Championship and U-16 Championship.

SponsorshipEdit

Originally sponsored as the BT Scottish Rugby Academy for the first three seasons,[13] the Academy was sponsored by Fosroc in season 2018-19.[1]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy roster announced - Scottish Rugby Union". www.scottishrugby.org.
  2. ^ "BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academies". scottishrugby.org.
  3. ^ "Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy - Scottish Rugby Union". www.scottishrugby.org.
  4. ^ a b "Managers appointed to BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academies". scottishrugby.org.
  5. ^ https://www.scottishrugby.org/squads/future-talent/caledonia-academy
  6. ^ https://www.scottishrugby.org/squads/future-talent/caledonia-academy
  7. ^ "Beveridge appointed as Edinburgh BT Sport Academy Manager". scottishrugby.org.
  8. ^ "Scottish Rugby secures strategic partnerships to deliver capital Academy". scottishrugby.org.
  9. ^ https://www.scottishrugby.org/squads/future-talent/glasgow-and-west-academy
  10. ^ "Broadwood to house BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy". scottishrugby.org.
  11. ^ https://www.scottishrugby.org/squads/future-talent/glasgow-and-west-academy
  12. ^ "BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy reaches significant milestone". scottishrugby.org.
  13. ^ "Flagship BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy launched in Aberdeen" (Press release).