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