The strong relationship between Hartpury College and Gloucester Rugby Club has led to the development of the AASE scheme on behalf of the RFU.
The combination of excellent educational programmes and outstanding rugby specific facilities provided by Hartpury, and the professional rugby development environment and expertise coaching provided by Hartpury and Gloucester Rugby Staff, makes this a truly exceptional opportunity for the AASE rugby player.
The two year AASE framework will provide a structured national training and development route for talented young athletes aged between 16-18.
Hartpury College offers AASE programme opportunities in both men's and women's rugby and ensures that athletes are provided with the best chance possible to become an elite rugby athlete whilst also gaining important academic qualifications.
The timetabling of training and lectures has been designed to enable AASE players to gain the maximum benefit from the facilities available at Hartpury which are utilised for all of Gloucester Rugby's training operations.
Players are not only developed through technical skills, tactical knowledge, physical conditioning and psychology, but also gain knowledge of the whole package; from having contact with agents and negotiating contracts, to learning how to deal with the media.
AASE players gain an all round knowledge of the game, the club and what it takes to become a professional rugby player.
AASE Academy students will receive between 16-20 hours of individual development each week, consisting of a combination of weight training, speed training, skill development and analysis, game time, conditioning and structured rugby sessions.
There are various routes onto the AASE scheme but places are limited to 12 per academic year. The main route onto the AASE scheme involves coming through the clubs Talent ID schemes such as the JTDP and the Schools of Rugby.
Further details on the AASE scheme can be found on the club's academy pages on the official website at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk and enquiry forms can be sent to the course leaders.