Rugby Academy

The Brockenhurst Rugby Academy has a reputation for bringing together players from different clubs across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight.

We create successful and cohesive squads where you will have the opportunity to play in a variety of cup and league competitions across Hampshire and the South East.

Meet the team

Alan Steel – Head of Rugby and Brockenhurst Rugby Coach for 13 years. 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. 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 – 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.

Why join us?

The rugby academy starts in September with a focus on basic skills and a basic style of game play so we can bring players from different clubs together as 1 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 that season.

Having two training sessions a week assists us to develop the team and individuals quickly to compete successfully in the county and regional competitions.

Partnership links

We take players from so many different clubs in the local area that we tend to leave club rugby and college rugby as separate entities. However, we do communicate with local coaches with regards injured players particularly if a player is concussed.

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.


Success stories

A lot of students go on to play rugby at university whilst studying alongside their academic programmes after college. A few players are now professional and semi professional players after leaving college. But the main aim of the academy is to improve all players by the time that they leave.

Lewis Dennett

Studied the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence. A fly half for college he has successfully made the England Counties U20 squad and is now studying and playing rugby at Hartbury College and playing semi-professional rugby at Bracknell RFC.

Ben Meaden

Studied the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. He played mainly full back for the college, the Bedford Academy and London and South East U20 Counties. Ben now studies and plays at Bath University.

Toby Hill

Studied the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence. He was scouted by London Irish and played for their u18 Academy whilst at College. He now studies and plays his rugby at Hartbury College.

  • Cameron Taylor

    I arrived at Brockenhurst with the aim to develop my rugby game. Not only has my technical ability improved but my physicality, knowledge of the game and social skills have as well. This is due to the high standard of coaching alongside top quality facilities, high level games and being surrounded by great players with a similar ambition to me. In my first year of playing for the college, I got the chance to play in the regional final, under floodlights and in front of a large crowd. It was definitely an experience which left me wanting more.

  • Yenei Tinley

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time playing in Brockenhurst College Rugby Academy. From playing school and club rugby I was impressed with the standard and step up from this level. The highlight for me would be the rivalry between our college and Peter Symonds, every time we played it made for an exciting and intense match bringing the best out of both sides. A great experience, with a strong team held together by some top coaches

Get Involved – Taster Sessions

If you fancy being part of the Sports Academy, then come along to one of our Sports Academy taster sessions to find out more about our academies and how you can take part in sport alongside your studies. Our taster sessions for Rugby are held in May each year.

The Academy is open access to all Brock Students but we expect our academy players to have a good level of playing experience in their chosen sport be it from playing for school or representing at a higher level such as club, county or regional.

We also expect to see a willingness to learn and develop and a full commitment to your team.

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Facilities, Costs and Venues

The Rugby Academy has use of 2 grass pitches for training and matches which are located at the rear of the College. Whilst training the academy has access to a variety of training aids which complement the coaching and help improve the various aspects of player’s skill level.

There is also access to the College gym which can be utilised for rehabilitation sessions if players are injured and also Strength & Conditioning sessions throughout the session.

The costs to join the academy are kept at a minimum, however we do ask all students to pay a £75 fee to join which goes towards all costs, such as league entries, referees, match fees, transport, insurance, pitch hire etc.

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.


Open Evenings

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

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01590 625555 ext 427