Academy

TWRFC Academy relaunches in Jan 2022; and is open to rugby players age U16 to U18.

The aims of the Academy are to create the best experience and pathway we can for players transitioning from youth rugby into senior rugby. This is a significant investment by TWRFC, we are delighted to have the support from a truly impressive coaching team, including former premiership player Alex Davies, who also coaches as part of the RFU Midlands Academy. Supported by our first-team coaching team of internationals: Ben Kayser (France), David Strettle (England) and local boys: Chaz Spence & Mike Hathaway.

Thanks to our generous sponsors Ascender Consulting we are able to provide full resources more normally afforded to a professional side in both training and match day experience.

Some of the benefits include;

  • Experienced Coaching team
  • Regular access to First team players and specialist coaching
  • Access to First team Physios
  • Mid week training increasing from one night a week to three nights (age dependent)
  • Individual player development plans and Integration planning for Senior transition
  • Strength and Conditioning  & nutritional advice
  • Bespoke Academy kit
  • Additional assistance with GCSE or A’level sports related courses
  • D of E support
  • Individual coaching development for Academy players where requested

Join us

We welcome all players from U16’s, 17’s and 18’s, of all abilities, and are resolutely non selective. We believe everyone who wants to play should play in a safe environment that encourages rugby’s core values and to achieve more as a collective unit, in turn enabling individuals to fulfil their true potential with their progression into senior rugby.

New players are always welcome so please contact Martin on 07770 936977 academy@twrfc.com if you’d like to come and try us out.

Coaching Team

Alex Davies

Team Coach

Ex professional of 14 years playing Fly half, Scrum Half and fullback. I was fortunate enough to play in both hemispheres, the premiership and the European cup. My previous clubs include Bath, Leeds, Ealing, London welsh, Green Island (NZ) Plymouth Albion, North Otago (NZ), Sale sharks Academy & Birkenhead Park.

Ive been coaching for the last 10 years, a lot of it was alongside my playing career experiencing roles as backs and attack coach, DOR, skills and kicking coach for several national league clubs, premiership Academies and private school 1st XV teams. My most recent role was head coach of Wasps Academy which has now been taken over by the RFU so I am now lead coach of the midlands central rugby Academy.

Chaz Spence

Team Coach

Chaz has a long history as a player for TWRFC and stepped up to captain the side in their first and most successful season in the London and South East Premier League.  Sadly Chaz had to retire from playing due to injury and spent the next couple of seasons as a spectator.  Chaz joins the academy as a backs and attack coach, and is also working towards his RFU Level 3 Coaching Award.

Ben Kayser

Forward Coach

Ben joined the management team as Forwards Coach at the start of 2021. Ben started his career with Stade Francais going on to play for Leicester Tigers, Castres  Olympique and Clermont Auvergne. Ben made his France debut against Australia in 2008 and went on to win 47 caps between 2008-15. Ben also played for the French Barbarians is 2010 and Barbarians in 2018.

David Strettle

Backs Coach

David joins TWRFC this season as our new Backs Coach. David started his rugby career with Rotherham Titans and has played for Harlequins, Saracens and Clermont Auvergne. David was a regular in the England sevens squad before getting his first England XV start in the 2007 Six Nations. David went on to appear for England 14 times between 2007-13.

Mike Hathaway

Breakdown Skills Coach

Mike started his rugby at Tunbridge Wells, playing all through the age groups from U6’s to 1st XV where he was a key member of the team that secured back to back promotions and a cup win at Twickenham. Mike has unfortunately had to hang up the boots due to a shoulder injury and is now fully committed to his role as 1st XV Forwards coach ahead of the 22/23 season.