Junior Academy (16-18 Years)

Junior Academy (16-18 Years)

The Junior Academy comprises of the Under 16 – Under 18 squads. This is for graduates of the DPP and other identified players of potential. Sessions are split between both Academy training sites (Carrington & Myerscough) during the season. The key focus is on core skill e, positional and situational game skills, complemented by additional physical literacy, nutritional advice, mental preparatory skills and team preparation for a small number of competitive friendlies at Under 16 and the Under 18 Premiership League.

Contact Time: Training for the Under 16 & Under 18 squads begins with pre-season preparation in June and finishes with the RFU Regional Academies Festival at the end of August. We have toured Exeter & Ireland in early August over the past 2 seasons and we hope to continue this in future years. Training resumes in October to prepare for the Under 18s competition and continues until February/March and the culmination of the Academy playing competition. The U15/16 Group train 60+ hours of contact time and the U17/18 Group 120+ hours of contact time.

The Under 17 transition programme runs from February to April and is for identified players graduating from the Under 16 or nominated by school and club coaches to join the junior academy programme. This involves internal competitive fixtures as well as fixtures against other Academies in order to confirm the Under 18 squad for the preseason programme.

Programme Lead: Noel Speed (noel.speed@salesharks.com).