Rugby Academy

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

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

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

Contact us now if you would like to join the Rugby Academy.

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?

Our Rugby Academy is the ideal platform for aspiring athletes to benefit from outstanding coaching delivered by 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 players get selected for Hampshire and Great Britain.

What about facilities?

The Rugby Academy has two grass pitches on campus for training and matches.

You will also have access to the following facilities:

  • Fully equipped gym and fitness studio.
  • Twenty-five acres of playing fields.
  • Purpose-built changing facilities.
  • Sports Hall with basketball, badminton, tennis, netball and volleyball court.
  • Floodlit all-weather courts for netball and tennis.
  • Grass pitches for football, hockey and lacrosse.

Are there any fees?

All costs will be kept at a minimum. However, we charge a £100 joining fee that covers spend associated with league entries, referees, match fees, transport, insurance and pitch hire. You will also need to purchase a special Academy kit.

Are there any entry requirements?

To join one of our academies you will need:

  • A good level of playing experience in your chosen sport.
  • A willingness to learn and develop.
  • To be 16 -19 years old.
  • A place studying a course at Brockenhurst College. You do not have to be studying a sport related programme to be a member of a Sports Academy.

Will I be competing?

All Academies compete in competitions throughout the season.

These include county, regional and national competitions such as Hampshire Colleges leagues and cups, British Colleges Sport leagues and tournaments, and other nationwide cup competitions.

There is also a full range of competitive opportunities for you to achieve county, regional and national call-ups within your sport. This includes British Colleges Sport and national governing bodies’ talent identification systems.

     Why join the Academy?

  • You will begin by demonstrating your basic skills and basic gameplay, enabling us to bring players from different clubs together as one team.
  • As the season progresses, we will work to develop your technical skills and incorporate more tactics into the training sessions to suit the strengths of the team.
  • Having two training sessions a week helps us develop the team quickly in preparation for competitive play.
  • If you do not belong to a club, then we can introduce you to your nearest side.
  • A lot of students go on to play rugby at university, and some of our former players have turned professional or semi-professional.
  • 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.

Taster Sessions

Each year we hold trials where you can discover more about our academies and how you can take part in sport alongside your studies.

The Sports Academy system is open to all Brock students. Importantly, we expect entrants to have a solid background of playing experience and show full commitment to the team, as well as determination to improve.

Contact us now to register your interest in joining a Sport Academy


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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