Academy

TWRFC Academy

TWRFC Academy is the beating heart of Tunbridge Wells RFC. With our work through all age groups each and every younger player aspires to be part of this unique set up as they develop through the club. For Academy players naturally the aim is to progress onto senior rugby. This can be quite daunting as an U17 or 18 but we work with all the players to ensure the step up is a smooth as possible with each and every player carefully prepared through experienced coaching, senior player mentors and individual player development plans to ensure that integration and transition is smooth, worry free and FUN for all involved.

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.

In the current Senior squad (2021/22 Season) we have 15 players who have come through our youth teams and made the transition from Colts/Academy rugby into the senior sides. This is a phenomenal record which we are determined to continue to grow through our existing Academy.

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
  • Senior player mentors for all Academy players
  • Mid week and match day 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

As with all clubs we have been significantly impacted by Covid this year but intend to reinstate all of the above services as we return to business as normal heading into the 2021/22 season. In the meantime we will be playing touch during the summer and be running thorough preseason sessions mid week.

We welcome all new players  so please contact Andy child 07717 277132 andy.j.child@gmail.com if you’d like to come and try us out.

Andy Child, Academy Head Coach

“Working with these players as they progress into the senior environment is a real honour. The attitude and teamwork that the players bring is such a huge part of the whole experience. We are a hard team to beat with each and every player always extending themselves to the maximum of their ability. As the players move onto University teams and Senior Club leagues they are 100% ready to continue to reach those goals and deliver on their dreams. Beyond rugby they are making friendships that will last a lifetime. It’s so encouraging to see and an honour to be part of this important period of their rugby life”.