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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.

- Players will be in education either in the BTEC National Diploma in Sport run at the club or in own school or college. Spaces are limited for the BTEC scholarship.

- Apprentices available.

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. Academy players will also have access to our club gym and the newly developed Human Performance Lab at GlaxoSmithKline.

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.

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