RUGBY

OAKLANDS WOLVES RUGBY ACADEMY

CREATING & DEVELOPING TOP RUGBY PLAYERS

ABOUT

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Please complete the form below if you are interested in joining either the Men’s or Women’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.

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

OAKLANDS MEN’S RUGBY

The Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy programme is designed to develop each of our player’s skills, fitness and knowledge of the game to prepare them for progression into high level sport. Working closely with expert trainers on areas that will improve your performance and knowledge of the game, working in association with the Saracens coaching and development programmes.

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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 Colleges AASE 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 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.

wOMEN’S ELITE RUGBY PROGRAMME

In September 2019, the Oaklands Wolves Sports Academies launched its first Women’s Rugby Programme, working in collaboration with Saracens Women.

The women’s game is in a period of exciting growth at all levels from junior grassroots level through to the elite pathways, with the creation of the Tyrell’s Women’s Premiership and professional, centrally contracted players.

The programme started operating as a small hub for talented players who work throughout the week on their personal rugby and athletic development, heading back to their clubs for games and team training. 

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TRAINING

Working in their own small group, girls on the programme will be supported in their personal development through individual skill development and access to strength and conditioning and medical services. Training will be delivered jointly by coaches from the college and Saracens Women

PLAYING

Players on the programme will gain access to playing opportunities through their respective club teams and the representative pathway at weekends. The ambition of the programme is to build a team to compete against the best schools and colleges across the county. 

LEARNING

The Rugby programme is dedicated to enabling players to become better-educated rugby players, athletes and students of the game. Students on the programme will leave with the necessary skills to thrive as rugby players, be that as a professional, semi-professional, university player or amateur level.

STUDYING

Applications are invited for all courses available on the college curriculum at present.

To access our range of full-time courses, visit the main Oaklands College website.

DISE

The Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) is a 2 year course for selected male and female rugby players aged 16-18.

The course sits alongside a full time programme of study, such as BTEC or A Levels, and offers the players additional support and resources which are tailor-made to enhance their development as elite athletes, and ultimately elevate their chances of becoming a successful, professional rugby player.

Additional expertise and attention will be given to these select players, including areas such as technical and tactical skill development, position specific coaching, athletic development, performance psychology, nutritional support and lifestyle guidance, in addition to other areas of elite performance as well.

The qualification also carries an additional 64 UCAS points (equivalent to an A Level at A*), and will certainly appeal to recruiters from good, rugby playing universities.

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 Colleges AASE 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 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 & WOMEN'S RUGBY ACADEMY BOOKLET

COACHES 

Meet our coaches…

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CHRIS WARING, HEAD OF RUGBY, rugby acadmey

Chris has been the Head Coach at the Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy since 2015, formerly Head Coach Rochford Hundred RFC and previously Westcliff RFC both in L&SE Premier Division.  Formerly a player at the Saracens Academy, London Welsh RFC and Southend RFC, Chris has a wealth of playing and coaching experience.

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DAN GEORGE, LEAD COACH, RUGBY ACADEMY

Dan has been the Lead Coach since 2019 and currently acts as Player/Head Coach at Chinnor RFC in National League 1, having previously played for Llanelli Scarlets, Worcester, Gloucester, Bedford & London Scottish.

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BEN CREASEY, COACH, RUGBY ACADEMY

Ben joined the Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy coaching staff in 2012 and has been an integral part of the coaching setup. Currently playing at Hertford RFC, formerly at Bishop Stortford RFC and Hertfordshire County.

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JACK DALY, COACH, RUGBY ACADEMY

Coaching the academy players since 2014, Jack currently plays at Blackheath RFC, having previously played at Old Albanians RFC and Southend RFC.

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 50 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 AASE 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.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

TEAMS: No College Team, players will continue to represent clubs/counties for playing opportunities.

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.

NUMBERS: Approx 10-15 on programme

OPPORTUNITIES: Coached by Saracens Women’s coaching staff, opportunities to progress to Centre of Excellence.

LEAGUES: The academy is looking into league options, whilst also entering into occasional 7s/10s tournaments.

CONTACT

CHRIS WARING
HEAD OF RUGBY

01727 737472
chris.waring@oaklands.ac.uk