Rugby Academy

Our Rugby Academy has a fearsome reputation for playing high-tempo rugby with organisation, precision and commitment.

By joining our ranks you’ll develop all aspects of your playing ability under highly experienced coaches who hold official RFU coaching qualifications.

Currently, we field two teams in a range of league and cup competitions. This means you can test yourself against some of the best sides in Hampshire and beyond.

If you’d like to be part of the Academy please contact us.

More about Rugby

Who will I be taught by?

Alan Steel –  Head of Rugby

Alan has been a Brockenhurst Rugby Coach for 13 years.

He is a positive, motivated coach with a huge experience of all aspects of rugby having been part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sport Excellence programme for the past 4 years.

Richard Carrel

Until recently, a player and coach at Bournemouth Rugby Club. Richard is a  forwards specialist, having played in the front row his whole career including playing in the Welsh Premiership, National League 1 and 2 and representing Wales Students in 2003-2005.

Bryn Coslett

Bryn is a backs specialist and has coached at Brockenhurst for 11 years.

He has a particular interest in specific conditioning for different positions in rugby and promotes an open free flowing style.

What are the benefits?

The Academy is a tremendous platform for all aspiring athletes to gain outstanding coaching from highly qualified and experienced coaches.

As a Rugby Academy player you will learn from highly experienced coaches who hold official RFU coaching qualifications and who have helped previous players be selected to represent not only Hampshire, but also Great Britain.

What facilities will I have access to?

The Rugby Academy has use of two grass pitches for training and matches that are on College campus.

You will also have access to the following facilities:

  • Fully equipped gym and fitness studio.
  • Brand new purpose built changing facilities.
  • Extended sports hall with basketball, badminton, tennis, netball and volleyball court.
  • Floodlit all-weather courts for netball and tennis.
  • Grass pitches for football, rugby, hockey and lacrosse.

Are there any fees?

All players within the Rugby Academy purchase a training kit package of shorts, jersey, socks, wet top and track pant. All kit is Canterbury branded and has the player’s initials on each item and the college logo. Cost of this is £136 and is ordered via the rugby academy at College.

Are there any entry requirements?

To join one of our academies you will need to have/be:

  • A good level of playing experience in your chosen sport be it from playing for your school or a club, county etc.
  • A willingness to learn and develop in your chosen sport.
  • A student studying a course at Brockenhurst College. Remember – you don’t have to study sport to be a member of the Sports Academy.
  • Between 16 -19 years old.

Will I be competing?

All of the Academies compete in competitions throughout the season. These include county, regional and national competitions such as Hampshire Schools and Colleges Leagues and Cups, British Colleges Sport leagues and tournaments as well as other nationwide cup competitions.

As a Rugby Academy we have brought home an impressive collection of silverware over the years, including the league title.

We’ve also claimed some impressive scalps along the way.

     Why join the Academy?

  • The rugby academy starts with a focus on basic skills and a basic style of game play so we can bring players from different clubs together as one team.
  • As the season progress we develop the technical skills and incorporate more tactics in to the training sessions to suit the strengths of our team.
  • Having two training sessions a week assists us in developing the team and individuals quickly to compete successfully in the county and regional competitions.
  • If players do not have a club then players can join a local club close to them and Alan Steel, head of rugby is also the 1st team coach at Ellingham and Ringwood RFC.
  • A lot of students go on to play rugby at university whilst studying alongside their academic programmes after college. A few of our former players are now professional and semi professional players after leaving college and have been scouted by teams such as London Irish.
  • Luke Spring

    Brock offered me the ideal opportunity to study what I wanted while continuing to play competitive rugby through its Rugby Academy. The outstanding moment of being at Brock for me was playing in the Hampshire Cup rugby final at Wellington Sports Ground.

Get Involved – Taster Sessions

We hold annual trials where you can find out more about our academies and how you can successfully take part in sport alongside your studies.

The programme is open to all Brock students, however we expect our academy players to have a good level of playing experience in their sport and a willingness to learn and develop.

You must also show full commitment to your team.

If you’d like to be part of the Academy please contact us.

Alternate sports

If Rugby isn’t your thing, we offer four other sports for you to choose from.

If you’d like to be part of the Academy please contact us.


Find out more about the Sports Academy at one of our Open Events.

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01590 625555 ext 259
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