Rugby Academy

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The Rugby Academy at Chichester College is proud to be an RFU (Rugby Football Union) Focus College.

Over the next three years, the college will work with support of the RFU to establish a robust rugby pathway through further education for players of all abilities. We will work alongside Hampshire and Sussex RFUs as well as regional academies, such as Harlequins and London Irish, to provide excellent rugby experiences for students at Chichester.

The role of the Rugby Academy is to identify and develop talented young athletes from age 16 to 19 and engage them in a high performance development programme. Players can become part of the academy through a variety of routes - the only essential criteria is that they are students of the Chichester College Group.

The academy is underpinned by the outstanding education available at Chichester College, thus providing the necessary structure for each player to reach their full potential. We provide our young players with an environment in which they can grow, express themselves both personally and professionally, and achieve their dream of becoming professional rugby players.

Academy Vision

  • To identify, recruit and develop, from all sources, the most talented young players and bring them through the academy into their respective first XV squad;
  • To adopt a comprehensive recruitment policy in Sussex and Hampshire;
  • To provide top class coaching by qualified staff to give each Academy player the best opportunity to succeed;
  • To provide the most appropriate individual player development, mentoring and support programmes;
  • To provide the most appropriate competitive program for each player and to constantly review performance in training and matches;
  • To provide the best possible facilities for our players to succeed;
  • To provide the opportunity for academy players to continue in further or higher education;
  • To build good working relationships with other local schools, clubs, colleges and universities;
  • To teach responsibility, discipline and respect for themselves and the game; and
  • To set high standards for integrity, honesty and performance.

How can I join?
Any Chichester College student can be part of the Rugby Academy. Our excellent coaching team deliver sessions to cater for all abilities, from complete beginners to seasoned elite players. We are aiming to have a first team and development squad for both male and female students.

The rugby team train twice weekly, on the rugby pitch at the front of the Chichester campus.

Training Times:
Mondays – 3.30pm – 5pm
Tuesdays – 3.30pm – 5pm

Matches are played on Wednesday afternoons, with travel organised from Chichester to away fixtures. The team meet at 12.30pm at the Sports Centre

Find out more:
To find out more about playing rugby at Chichester College, contact Director of Rugby - Steve Woolcombe (

Or speak to a member of the coaching team: Mark Bonar, Finn Parry and Jamel McFarlane

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