ACADEMY - NEW PLAYERS WANTED
The Bedford Blues Academy are recruiting new players who have the ability to play for the Blues Academy, and to become the Blues 1st XV players of the future.
If you are a player, between U17 and U19 (on 1/9/2014), who thinks you have the potential to play at the Blues Academy, or you are a coach who would like to recommend a player, please send the following info to the Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, at firstname.lastname@example.org , with a copy to our Team Manager, David Wheatley, at email@example.com
- Home Phone No
- Mobile Phone No
- Email Address
- Date of Birth
- Playing Position
- Playing experience (clubs, representative honours etc)
- Current coach (coach reference) contact details - club or school
- Emergency Contact Name
- Emergency Contact Number
The Blues Academy aim is to identify, recruit and develop professional players for the Bedford 1st XV of the future.
We focus on Player Development and use a competitive fixture list to develop players. The Academy U19s play fixtures against other U19 sides such as Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Saracens, the Welsh Regions (Gwent and North Wales), Moseley, Nottingham and London Scottish, and older sides including Loughborough University U21s, Oxford and Cambridge University U21s and the RAF U23s.
The Blues won the National U19 Knock Out Cup in five of the last six years they entered, before stepping down as champions when the cup moved to become an U18 competition in the 2012/13 season.
Each season Academy players train with the Blues 1st XV squad during the season and a number are then invited to attend pre-season summer training with the 1st XV. Those good enough are offered contracts with the Blues and over the last few years, a number of players have moved through the Academy on to Blues senior contracts. Some have gone on to play at Championship and Premiership level elsewhere; Courtney Lawes (Saints and England), (Will Chudley, Newcastle, and now Exeter), Josh Bassett (Wasps), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) and Duncan Taylor (Saracens and Scotland).
Three years ago Josh Bassett moved from the Academy into the Blues 1st XV, where he became the Championship’s leading try scorer. He played for England U20s in the Six Nations, and the U20 World Cup, and has since moved to Wasps. Ali Price, captain of the Blues Academy in 2011/12, played for the Blues 1st XV and for Scotland U20s, and has now signed for Glasgow Warriors. Aaron Morris and Chris Lord are the latest Academy graduates to sign for the Blues in 2013. Aaron, whilst still only 18, played for Saracens in the J.P. Morgan 7s, and played for England U20s in the Six Nations.