ACADEMY - NEW PLAYERS WANTED
The Bedford Blues Academy is looking for players who have the ability to become the Blues 1st XV players of the future.
Have you got what it takes to develop into a Championship Rugby player with Bedford Blues ?
Do you want to be part of the Blues Academy Development squad, training with the Blues 1st XV squad, and playing your rugby at a partner club in the National leagues, to help you break into the Blues Championship squad ?
If you are a player who thinks you have the potential to play for the Blues 1st XV in Championship fixtures within the next 1 - 2 seasons, or you are a coach who would like to recommend a player, please send the info below to the Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, at email@example.com
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Bedford Academy Info:
Our Mission is to identify, recruit and develop professional players for the Bedford 1st XV of the future.
The Blues Academy is recognised as one of the best non-RFU funded Academies in the country. Players such as Sacha Harding, Will Chudley, Ali Price, Duncan Taylor, Josh Bassett, Aaron Morris and others have been developed by the Academy before moving into the first team. Many of these players have gone on to play in the Premiership and beyond.
However the standard of the rugby in the Championship has improved significantly over the last few years, and Championship rugby is becoming more and more physical. The gap between the Academy and the Championship is getting wider, making it more difficult for an Under 19 player to make the jump from Academy rugby to the Championship.
To cope with these changes, and to help better prepare players for the Championship, the Blues Academy is adapting its approach and forming an Academy Development Squad for the 2016/17 season. This will allow the Blues to focus on a smaller number of players who will train as part of the Blues first team squad. They will train with the Blues senior squad; their Strength & Conditioning (S&C) sessions will be with the senior squad; their S&C programmes, and nutritional advice, will be overseen by the Blues first team S&C coach with physio support provided by the Blues first team physios.
Initially they will play most of their rugby with a partner club in the National leagues where they will have the opportunity to develop by playing regular adult league rugby.