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Education Guidance

Educational framework

Every player in the academy will have to be in education or in an apprenticeship/job. The academy management will monitor their progress and will maintain the importance of obtaining a good education or valuable work experience outside of rugby.

Junior Academy Players (U16 to U18s)

All junior academy players will be part of their own school or college or can apply for a scholarship to be part of the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport over 2 years, delivered at the club by a qualified tutor in the Chris Ashton Rugby Programme.

The BTEC is delivered by our educational partner, Virtual Learning UK, through their online learning platform, Sportsbrain.

More information on the BTEC course can be found by clicking here or going to

The BTEC National Diploma in Sport course for 2015/16 is now open for applications.

For more information, click
here, and to apply please contact Corné du Rand, Academy Director at

London Scottish and VLUK will hold an Open Night every year for interested students and their parents to learn more about the course and apply for the scholarship.

Class room

The players studying the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport will have 2 hours of classroom sessions a day, 5 days a week in normal term time

Senior Academy Players

We expect players to either be in college or university, in a club apprenticeship or have a part time/full time job to further their experience outside of rugby. The club will look to give between 1 and 4 player apprenticeships per year, subject to available funding and suitable applicants.

Educational Partnerships

The club formed partnerships with schools, colleges and universities to give players opportunities to study and not only rely on rugby as a career path. The opportunities range from places in schools to scholarships where available.

Typical partnerships can include:

Schools & Colleges - Scholarships and or Partnerships

Schools & Colleges - Placements

University and higher education - Scholarships and or Partnerships

Club Apprentices where available

SRU & the Scottish Exiles Program


The identifying and the development of talent in a professionally structured and managed London Scottish academy is the main focus of the London Scottish Academy. The Scottish Exiles Programme easily work together to help find and develop Scottish eligible players.

The model allow the Scottish Exiles Programme to continue to build a strong database, and by utilizing the resources smartly (combined LSFC, SRU Exiles ad other partners), the benefits will is cost effective, streamlined and provides a vehicle in which the best Scottish qualified players in the south can be channeled and developed accordingly.

The LSFC Academy allows the player not be over stretched in rugby commitments to club, academy or the Exiles, while the SRU and London Scottish are the main benefactors regarding player resources.

It naturally benefits the RFU playing resources too, as there will be many non-Scottish qualified players developed through the development pathway and academy system at London Scottish.

Cost of Academies

The academy runs on a healthy budget and allows the club and academy management to run a professional product, that delivers desired results and give a high development value to the players.

Overall yearly cost in running the academy includes the following:

- Pre-season cost of pitch hire, trail games, coaches and admin costs

- Management & professional coaches

- Strength & conditioning coaching

- Medical (physiotherapist and supplies)

- Facilities hire for training and classroom sessions

- Training equipment

- Team wear (subsidised) & playing kit

- Travel and match day expenses

- Marketing campaigns

- BTEC National Diploma

- Player insurance cover

Cost to players per season


All academy applicants will pay a pre season fee of £40 on application to confirm commitment and to cover the cost of running sessions, trials and pre season games.

£40 pre-season payments can be made via cheque and bank transfer.


All academy players (selected for the junior and senior academy) will be required to pay their playing membership for the season. Memberships are payable latest on the 1st of September every year and can you can get the membership here

Youth and student playing membership (U16 to U19): £90 for 2014/15

Adult playing membership: £150 for 2014/15

The academy kit is subsidised by the club and players contribute £120.00 per player and is paid separately to membership.

The £40 pre-season fee and the £120 contribution for kit can be paid together (£160) as follow:

  • Cheques: make payable to 'LSFC (academy)' and send with application to LSFC Academy, FAO: Corné du Rand, London Scottish Football Club, The Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Road, Richmond, TW9 2SS
  • Bank transfers: London Scottish Football Club, Account number 23117609, Sort Code 16-00-15 and use your name as reference with the word 'academy' on the transfer.

Please send us confirmation of payment to with your name combined with the word 'Academy' used as reference.

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