MEN’S RUGBY

OAKLANDS WOLVES RUGBY ACADEMY

CREATING & DEVELOPING TOP RUGBY PLAYERS

About

Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy programme develops skill, fitness and knowledge of the game.

We combine elite sports training with vocational or A Level courses to create the rounded performer.

 In association with Saracens, we use expert trainers and are focused on preparing people for progression into high level sport.

Oaklands Wolves is part of Oaklands College, which has open events on February 6th and 8th. Come along and meet Thomas Baker, head of our sports academies.

You can include men’s rugby as part of your study programme from Sept 2024.

 

ABOUT THE TRAINING PROGRAMME...

Three mornings per week are entirely dedicated to your rugby development, each morning consists of a combination of strength and conditioning, indoor skills and pitch sessions. 

The programme is focused on ensuring you are optimising your development as an individual rugby player, with guidance from knowledgeable, expert coaches, including regular coaching from Saracens Academy coaches and players.

ABOUT THE PLAYING OPPORTUNITIES

The academy operates two men’s teams who compete in regular fixtures on Wednesdays.

The 1st XV competes in the highest level of competition in the ACE (Academy Colleges & Education) League, playing against other colleges affiliated to Premiership and Championship teams across the country, giving players excellent exposure to not only Saracens Academy coaches, but coaches from other academies as well. 

The Development XV plays in the ACE Development League, Regional Association of College League, and other friendly fixtures.

There is also a dedicated period of the season where certain players will have the opportunity to focus on the seven-a-side format of the game for those suited to it.

COURSES

The rugby programme is scheduled to accommodates a range of course options:

BUSINESS – find more on the Oaklands College website

SPORTS – find more on the Oaklands College website

A LEVELS – find more on the Oaklands College website

PLUMBING – find more on the Oaklands College website

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION – find more on the Oaklands College website

CARPENTRY – find more on the Oaklands College website

Other course options on the curriculum, but not listed above may allow some participation on the rugby programme but not all course options are actively timetabled to accommodate the rugby schedule.

For those who require retakes in maths or English, these can be retaken alongside the rugby and study programme.

There are also opportunities to undertake RFU coaching and refereeing qualifications.

MEN'S RUGBY ACADEMY BOOKLET

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Please complete the form below if you are interested in joining the Men’s Rugby Academy Programme at Oaklands College. Once you have submitted this form we will be in contact with further information and guidance relating to your application for the Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy.

Click here to express your interest

Please note, this is not a course application form, this should be completed on the college website.

COACHES 

Meet our coaches…

TEAMS

MEN’S RUGBY

TEAM NAMES: 1st XV and Development XV

LEVEL: No particular level for either squad; bare minimum is proficiency in the core elements of the game; skills, game understanding and fitness. Players in the first XV will range between Saracens Academy/U18 International to good club level players.

HOW MANY IN EACH TEAM: Approx 30 in 1st XV Squad, approx 40 in Development squad, of which approx. 10-15 will be in a Development+ group.

OPPORTUNITIES: Different training groups are integrated throughout the week giving everybody the opportunity to progress through the teams to potentially represent the 1st XV.

LEAGUES: 1st XV AASE League. Development XV – competitive fixtures running in parallel with ACE League and against strong local and regional schools and colleges.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Supportive structure for players on Performance Pathways (Academy) or Counties Pathway, and transition of players into senior rugby.