Whitchurch Rugby Academy

LogoWhitchurch Rugby Academy identifies and develops talented young athletes from the ages of 15 to 19 and engages them in an elite, high-performance development programme. The main aim of our academy is to develop individual players in an enjoyable and challenging environment where we play regular high performance fixtures throughout the season.

These will include home base fixtures against schools and the elite Welsh college sides. Cross border fixtures to include the prestigious St. Josephs Rugby Festival Ipswich, Colston’s Rugby Festival, Millfield School as well as 7 a side visits to Rosslyn Park National Schools Competition.

Whitchurch Rugby Academy continues to provide an opportunity for elite rugby players to develop and uncover their potential. In close tandem with this pathway it is our desire to encourage and enhance an enjoyment and passion for the game of rugby union.

Our Academy is in partnership with Cardiff Blues Rugby Football Club in what is one of several key stages of player development in the Welsh Rugby Union World Class Performance Plan. The primary and central purpose is to develop better Welsh players by developing the potential of identified elite rugby players and their opportunities to have playing careers in rugby.

Many of our players have achieved the accolade of representing their country at Under 16s, Under 18s and at National Level. As a school we are proud of our players past and present and have helped in the development of players such as Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, WRU, British Lions), Elliot Kear (Salford Red Devils, WRL) and Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Tottenham, FAW) just to name a few.


Player Development

Whitchurch Rugby Academy focuses on developing the most up to date skills and strategies for young players. It will create an understanding of what top players are trying to achieve and the techniques they employ to do so. The academy will feature extensive work on developing creative individual and unit play, through a variety of Premiership practices and extensive skills based games. 

A specific junior programme will be delivered for children going into year 4 as preparation for their first season of contact rugby.

The Academy will cover:

  • Establishing strong core skills
  • Advanced techniques for young players
  • Developing creative attack
  • Essential breakdown skills
  • Understanding attacking possibilities
  • Individual and team defence
  • Developing skills through games
  • Winning the ball
  • Speed coaching


Contact Us

If you wish to be considered for the Whitchurch Rugby Academy, or have any questions, please contact the relevant person below:

Mr Steve Williams (Director of Rugby) WilliamsS@whitchurch.cardiff.sch.uk

Mr Zeb Aporo (Rugby Coordinator) AporoZ@whitchurch.cardiff.sch.uk

Mr George Tavner (Coaching Coordinator) TavnerG@whitchurch.cardiff.sch.uk