Rugby Academy

Course Leader: Mr W Horscroft

Newman Rugby Academy has now been running for four years and we are delighted to be AoC National Champions 2018/19.

The Rugby Academy was created to allow students to develop themselves and play a high standard of rugby alongside academic courses. It is an all year round (3 terms) programme that uses the off season to enhance strength, conditioning and performance. The Academy is linked with The Underground Gym, and an individual nutrition and gym programme is provided. We also offer high level strength and conditioning coaching plus video recording and analysis of games. A free stash is included (training wear, gym bag including O’Neil playing kit).

Due to increased numbers of players, we now have over 70 students on the programme and run three XV aside teams with our 2nd and 3rd XV competing in the Sussex League against other local colleges while our 1st XV concentrate on National Competitions.

1st XV a-side Competitions (Full Season)
AoC National Premiership (1st XV)
AoC Regional Premiership (2nd XV)
Nat West National Schools Cup (1st XV)
Sussex Cup (3rd/4th  XV)
Sussex Leagues (3rd/4th XV)

10 A-Side Sussex Cup (September)
VII’s Competitions (Spring)
Rosslyn Park 7’s
Sussex U18 7’s
Worth U18 7’s
Newman College 7’s

Rugby League (Summer Term)
South East Tournament

Typical Weekly Training
Monday – Split training (Forwards/Backs)
Tuesday – Attacking/Defensive Systems
Wednesday (morning session) – Pre-game run through
Wednesday (afternoon) – Fixtures
Thursday – Game Analysis
Friday – Strength & Conditioning/Stretching

2 x Gyms – For use before/after school and during free periods
Use of Hove RFC – 1st Team Pitch & Clubhouse

Strength and Conditioning
The school has two gym facilities. The Fitness Suite is a smaller facility with extensive weights and fitness machines that is available to students during the day for rehab needs, and extra strength/fitness. The Fitness Studio is a far larger facility that is used when the entire squad have strength and conditioning sessions.

The Underground Gym
The Rugby Academy is sponsored by the UG and has free access as a squad as well as cheap membership for out of school hours use. It is a huge performance gym that offers 12,000 sq ft of space which includes an extensive weights room, olympic lifting platforms, crossfit rig, strongman items, prowler, full size boxing ring, and much much more. They will offer a free session to anyone considering the Newman Rugby Academy.

Newman Rugby Academy is lucky to have a qualified sports nutritionist among the coaching staff. The players receive advice on their personal needs and goals, pre and post match nutrition, supplementation for general health (such as joint pain, recovery etc).

GPS Player Trackers
We have recently been sponsored for on pitch player gps trackers. International and Premiership sides have been using these in recent years and they are stored in the back of match shirts. They provide us with detailed game statistics which include distance travelled, acceleration/power, heart rates during performance. Players can then be given personal feedback and we as coaches are able to support our selection decisions by seeing who is working hardest throughout.

Nandos Sponsorship & Team Socials
The Rugby Academy is sponsored by Nandos who offer the boys mid week after games special rates and deals. This allows for after game team bonding whilst eating food better suited for athletes. Weekly offers the boys take advantage of are free chicken wings, free soft drinks and a free whole chicken for the man of the match!

Pre-Season Rugby Tour
We have a pre-season Rugby tour which is in Paris this year (31st August – 2nd September 2018). The early season tour is developmental and will push players through four squad matches as well as training sessions alongside Racing 92 (French Premiership club) before having a tour of facilities and then watching the first team play. More details on the tour are available here: France Rugby Tour 2018

We have established links with some of the top Premiership Rugby Universities to provide a pathway to further high grade Rugby. This includes an annual pre-season Rugby Tour to Exeter University to learn more about their Rugby Programme. We also have a partnership with a gap year company who establish gap years in Australia and New Zealand and work on sending students to the USA on University Rugby Scholarships.

For full details on our Rugby Academy please click here: Rugby Academy

“Newman gave me great opportunities and support throughout my Rugby career, as well as academically, which has played a huge role in where I am today” (Frankie Taggart, Ulster & Ireland)