Sale Sharks Academy

Sale Sharks Academy is, through its commitment to player development, beginning to establish a reputation as one of the leading Academies in the country, continually receiving excellent assessments from the games governing bodies whilst aiming to support each player to fulfil their potential. The ultimate aim of the Academy is to produce quality players to play for the Sharks first team; as well as developing players that have the potential to also represent their country.

Our belief is that a vibrant Academy system is the key to long term success and the Sharks are fully committed and recognise the importance of working with local clubs and schools to identify and assist in the development of the young and talented players that populate the game in the North West region.


  • To develop a culture of excellence within the Academy, it's staff and all players
  • Create and maintain key partnerships and programmes
  • Support player pathways and initiatives
  • Be involved in assisting stakeholders in raising standards
  • Contribute and support the holistic growth of each individual


Mission Statement

"To consistently identify, develop and confirm the best players regionally."

"To Maximise player potential by the delivery of bespoke technical, tactical, physical, psychological and educational programmes."

"In order to provide Sale Sharks and England with the best possible players for its future growth and development."


Current Graduate Players

We have had three players in the First Team squad who have reached full England honours in Josh Beaumont, Tommy Taylor & Ross Harrison.


In the first team, we have a number of first team players who have come through the academy such as Tom Brady, Mark Jennings, Mike Haley & Will Addison.

Josh BHaley

We also have a number of exciting prospects who are breaking their way into the first team squad, like Sam James, Sam Bedlow, James Flynn, James Mitchell & Ciaran Parker.

mitchell and parkerbedlow

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