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As members of the prestigious WRU U18 Wednesday League, the exposure and rugby provision our Rugby Academy students will receive is first class. With highly competitive fixtures, players are exposed to a level of competition which has an intensity, physicality and skill level that is above and beyond what they'll have experienced at U16 level. With fixtures being televised on S4C, these students will be able to showcase their talents to a national audience.

Rugby Development
As part of a Rugby Academy student's development, they have access to the following:

  • 15 Hours timetabled for rugby – 3 sessions a week, with fixtures played on Wednesdays
  • Intense pre-season programme
  • Emphasis on core, positional and unit skills, game management and tactical awareness
  • Individual and team analysis
  • Development plans and core skill assessments.

Academic Development
While the Rugby Development programme will prepare you for a possible career in professional / semi-professional rugby, this cannot be guaranteed and indeed, this may not be your priority.

Continuing with your studies as well as your sport enables you to keep your options open.

To provide the widest range of opportunities and choices, we place our primary emphasis on your academic progress and performance.

Options available:

Depending on your grades, these courses may provide you with the qualifications needed for entry onto a university-level course.

Individual Development
Comprehensive game analysis and in-depth statistics:

  • Access to footage of all fixtures played within the National Schools and Colleges League. Each action within every game can be accessed individually. Each players action is coded and placed into a player package.
  • Players and teams are provided with in-depth match specific statistics.
  • Video analysis linked to individual development plans (IDPs).
  • Each players is issues with an IDP, these are updated every term and are a collaborative document between coaches and player.

Physical Development
With the physical demands of rugby increasing year upon year, the emphasis on developing athletes is vital. We pay great attention to physical development, with a focus on speed, strength and conditioning. In order to manage a player's physical development, students have access to the following:

  • Delivered by RGC Academy S&C Coach
  • State of the art performance gym
  • Year round strength and conditioning programme
  • 3 hours of supervised sessions per week
  • 3 National Physical profiling events per year

Medicine and Player Health

  • Delivered by RGC Academy Medical Staff
  • Access to 3 clinics per week
  • Medical screening at start and end of each term (winter/spring)
  • Pitchside paramedic and trauma care at every fixture

Selection for a place at Coleg Llandrillo's Rugby Academy is made by invitation and trial basis. Players who demonstrate a suitable level of development and performance whilst members of the RGC U16 team will be approached on an individual basis.

We also encourage players who haven't been involved in the RGC U16s set-up to apply, as we strongly believe that individuals develop at different rates, and that given the right environment and guidance, individuals can thrive.

WRU/RGC Academy
A small number of players will also be offered a WRU/RGC Academy place.

Whilst at Coleg Llandrillo, these players will have access to an increased level of support from the WRU/RGC Academy staff, in addition to the support they would receive from the Coleg Llandrillo Academy Staff.

Rugby Scholarship

  • Sum of £500 (£1000 over two years)
  • Awarded to academy players who demonstrate outstanding rugby ability
  • Assist with costs associated with a sports performance lifestyle
  • 5 available per age group

Success Stories

  • 52 RGC Senior Players have progressed through the RGC - Coleg Llandrillo Pathway
  • Afon Bagshaw: Level 3 Sports Performance & Excellence – Wales U20s
  • Harri Evans: Level 3 Sports Performance & Excellence – Wales U20s
  • Morgan Williams: Level 3 Sports Performance & Excellence – Wales U18s and Wales 7s
  • Rhun Williams: Pathway to Construction – Wales U18s and U20s
  • Ianto Pari: A Levels – Wales U18s

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