The Gloucester Rugby Academy hosted two educational evenings last week, for both our U16s and Junior Academy players.
The evening was delivered by Tom Jameson the Academy Education officer and focussed on the importance of education alongside a rugby program.
Lance Bradley opened the evening and discussed the importance of the Academy for Gloucester Rugby and how the club wants home grown players playing at Kingsholm.
“The Academy is such a vital part of what we’re doing as a Club. It will help us unearth the superstars of the future, but it’s also a great way of us giving back to our community. If we can teach youngsters to love the game of rugby and its values, we’re going to help them become not only better players – whatever level they end up playing at – but better people too.”
Academy Pathway Manager Stuart Bradfield:
“Our Educational officer Tom Does a fantastic job within the academy, he has a great relationship with players and parents and goes out of his way to support the players education from helping them with time management to giving advice on what path they may want to take in education. Tom has delivered two fantastic presentations for parents and players, helping them understand all educational opportunities available to them and how he can support them through busy periods with exams and coursework. Tom reinforces and give some grounding to the importance we have for education within the academy.
"For us it goes hand in hand Players need more than just rugby, careers can be cut short or players may not make it through to be a senior player at Gloucester Rugby so they need a good education to fall back on.”