Richard Whiffin
Richard Whiffin (c) Gloucester Rugby


Gloucester Rugby Academy is committed to the holistic development of each Academy player. This extends to life off the field of play and ultimately life after rugby.

The Academy will ensure that each player has the opportunity to reach his full potential, be it academic, social, or playing. At all stages of the Academy Pathway education and personal development is a key message to all players.

Education is the key to the future well-being of our young players; it opens doors at a variety of levels and serves to broaden horizons.

To this end it is vital that integrated flexible educational provision be sought in order to ensure that both academic and playing objectives can be met. This then provides the platform from which the person can realise their potential.

This is achieved through close relationships with our partner schools allowing players to study whilst having access to Academy training.

At U16 level players are presented to by the Junior Academy Manager on what the U18 Junior Academy looks like, its schedule and the level of commitment required. Education Officer, Tom Jameson, presents to the players on what to look for when choosing academic options, how to manage their time during exams periods and the pathway to University study.

All players in the 15-18 age groups are in full time education studying at a level that best suits individual needs and abilities.

Our principal, but not exclusive, educational partners are Cheltenham College, Dean Close School, Hartpury College and St Peters High School (Gloucester).

That said, there are clear benefits in attending any of our educational partner establishments. Specifically, this refers to fully integrated educational provision, which serves to maximise playing development without compromising a pupils’ academic progress.

It should be noted that it is not our policy to insist on attendance at one these establishments providing the player has access to the Academy without compromising Academic or Rugby development. If a players feel the need to move establishment then the Academy has the resources to guide and support to ensure an informed decision is made.

The Academy will advise on an individual basis which educational route they should take dependent on their developmental needs

At post 18 levels the rugby commitments are no less demanding. The majority of players will be working within our Senior Academy group and as such follow the first XV timetable.

Undergraduate programmes of study are available at Hartpury College that are integrated with the Senior Academy timetable to allow for study and training as a professional player.

Again these are set up to cater for a wide range of academic abilities with a vast range of courses available to the players.