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Academy Model

Academy Model

The London Scottish Academy Will Provide A Crucial Link Between Amateur and Professional Rugby And Ultimately International Rugby

The London Scottish Academy Will Provide A Crucial Link Between Amateur And Professional Rugby And Ultimately Scotland Representative Rugby.

Primary Objective

Academy Size And Scope Of Catchment Area

Places for over 35 players in the senior academy squad and over 50 in the junior academy squad. Recruitment drive over next five years heavily focused on schools, colleges and clubs within a 30 mile radius of Richmond (10 million people+) and an awareness campaign in Scotland as well as the rest of the UK.

The Junior Academy

- 16 to 18 year olds playing as Young Lions in specific academy games.

- Players can progress to Senior Academy after U18 season.

- Scottish eligible players will be available to the Scottish Exiles program.

The Senior Academy

- 18-23 year olds will play as the Rampant Lions in academy games against opponents like Cambridge and Oxford University, The Army, Navy & RAF as well as other academies.

- Bridges gap between junior rugby and senior professional rugby.

- Attract and develop quality players including late developers, ex-Premiership Academy players and rugby league converts.

- Players will be in higher education, apprenticeships or will hold a job.

The Pro Lions Select

- The best players from the Senior Academy will train, and some cases play , alongside the professional squad.


Based at Richmond Athletic Ground, the Senior Academy players will train alongside the professional squad and in the senior set-up. Junior Academy players will take part in Academy specific sessions.

Coaching And Fixtures

Coaching Set-Up

Academy coaches are all RFU qualified, Level 3 and higher with extensive experience in player development. Top guest coaches, current and former greats of the game, all add value in our lectures and coaching sessions. Fully supported by strength and conditioning coaches and physiotherapists.


The Junior and Senior Academy squads each will play approx. 8-16 Academy games per year in addition to age group or senior games respectively.

Academy applications

Applications will be gathered through the online academy application form for the following season's intake.

Recruitment is done through appropriate media and will target clubs and schools in the London area but welcome applications outside of the area. Scottish eligible players are a main target group but the invitation is to all talented players that want to reach the professional game.

The deadline for applications is the first week in June every year.

The start of pre-season is in July followed by trials at the end of July and the start of August.

Invitation to pre-season & trials


LSFC will invite selected players, sifted from the applications received, to join the academy pre-season and trial games.

Pre Season


Pre-season will start in July and will include full squad sessions with delivery on skills, technique, game sense & conditioning.



Training will be twice a week on Monday and Wednesday nights.


Through the pre season players will be assessed according to potential, ability, progression and character and will be placed in teams for pre-season trial games and after the trials and trial period we'll select the junior and senior academy squads.

Final Squads


The junior and senior academy squads will be selected from the trial games as well as a development group below the main squads.

The Development Squad

This will consist of players that still need more development (skill, game sense, physiologically and physically) to reach the Performance Squad (main academy squads).

By increasing participation opportunities at all levels (club/school/constituent body/region), while providing further training opportunities with the academy squads, we hope to give players a chance to move into the main Academy Squads. This way we can monitor and assist with developing the players in this category for their registered clubs but also keep the pathway open for players that needs to move to a higher level. Players are welcome to join our relevant junior age group teams and senior teams at London Scottish which help us to monitor and help develop them more closely.

The Academy Squads

This will consist of players we rate as players that can potentially make the step up to the next levels of rugby, to either playing professional rugby as a minimum but ultimately move on to higher accolades.

The Scottish eligible players will still be part of the Scottish Exiles Programme. The academy consists of two squads: the Junior Academy and the Senior Academy.

The Pro Lions Select

The best players from this group who can progress to the higher levels of Championship/Premiership, will get invited to train with the London Scottish Championship Pro Squad more regularly and if the management feels a player can make the step up to the next level, they will consider working with those in helping them towards becoming professional players. Such players might be signed on a rookie contract or full contract at the end of the academy season. Those selected players are called the PRO LIONS SELECT to identify them. These contracts will only be given where the player is ready and where the club feels it can be offered.


The Development Squad players will train once a month with the Academy Squad and will train weekly with their club or college or with junior and senior teams at London Scottish if preferred to stay within the club.

The Academy Squad will train twice a week as a squad and will also join training at junior and senior teams at the club.

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