Behind the Scenes
(c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby

Behind the Scenes

In addition to the day-to-day rugby development that the talented young players receive, the Gloucester Rugby Academy is working at developing every aspect of a young player’s rugby career. Committed to developing a well-rounded player, both on and off the pitch, development can take different forms to challenge the player.

Within the U13-15 DPP and U16 DPP/PDG players are challenged on what ‘good people’ look like and to treat others how they would want to be treated. Social interactions with different players from different Clubs and Schools is paramount to the long term development of players and the club. Picking their own teams, picking captains and leading team talks are just some of the ways players are challenged socially on the pitch. Off the pitch close liaison with their Clubs and Schools ensure the players are becoming ‘better people’ away from their time at the Club and ensure their Academic studies receive as much attention as their Rugby development.

Further up the pathway inclusion into the Junior Academy starts with the players giving back. Activities such as helping to prepare Kingsholm Stadium for the season ahead being one an example. The reason behind this is to show appreciation to the supports who week in and week out support the Club with amazing passion. Their support is crucial to the Senior side doing well and we hope to show our appreciation by giving a helping hand to prepare Kingsholm Stadium.

The Senior Academy volunteer their time to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Working with charities based throughout the City with activities ranging from manning food banks, DIY or volunteering their time to chat and listen to someone. Tasks that are designed to develop the player but to also show support and gratitude to those who are less fortunate but still part of our great City.

Life after rugby starts at the beginning. Players are reminded at all stages of the pathway to the importance of education, voluntary experiences and additional qualifications.

The Academy Education Officer is a long term supporter of the club and a teacher within our City. Tom Jameson plays a massive role in ensuring that players are on track, coping with academic pressures and guiding them through to University. At U16 Tom presents for the first time on their academic options open to the players, at U18 level he is supporting the players through exams and University applications.

All players within the Senior Academy are encouraged to ether undertake a degree or informal education, such as work experience, around their full time training.