The BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy represents the nation’s most promising male and female rugby players, with those named today the second tranche of inductees since the governing body’s investment announced last year, in partnership with four regional centres in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Edinburgh and Galashiels.
Week in, week out the BT Sport Academies focus on three pillars of player development: high performance behaviours, rugby skills and athletic capacity.
These include but are not restricted to an athlete’s training history and work ethic, and technical proficiency and consistency in skill delivery, while ensuring they are physically and functionally capable, self-sufficient and self-aware.
Developing the players' leadership, accountability and responsibility is also crucial to the system, with contracts structured to allow broader employment or study to help produce more rounded athletes with a secondary career option, should they fail to meet their professional playing ambitions.
The main objectives of the programme are to:
Venue: Netherdale Campus, Galashiels
Partners: Borders College, Heriot Watt University, Borders Sports and Leisure Trust, Borders Council
Venue: Hillhead Centre, Aberdeen and Aberdeen Sports Village
Partners – Aberdeen University and Aberdeen Sports Village
Venue: Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus
Partners: Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh City Council (Edinburgh Leisure)
Venue: Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Partners: North Lanarkshire Leisure Trust
In 2016 Scottish Rugby and London Scottish announced a new partnership to support the development of a joint performance programme.
The agreement, which is resource focused, will see regular coaching, playing and high performance support provided by Scottish Rugby to the club. It will provide a further professional rugby environment for identified players and coaches, as well as benefitting their personal and professional development.
Selected pro-team, BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy and Scottish age-grade players will be based at the Richmond Athletic Ground and available to London Scottish for English Championship and B&I Cup fixtures.
Scottish Rugby’s Head of International Age-Grade Rugby, Sean Lineen, has taken up the role of Director of Rugby on a part-time basis to lead the on-field direction of the performance programme and support current London Scottish Head Coach, Peter Richards.
BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy players at London Scottish: Cammy Fenton (Stirling County), Hugh Fraser (Heriot’s), Tom Galbraith (Melrose), Patrick Kelly (Glasgow Hawks), Ally Miller (Melrose), Ben Robbins (Currie).