Provincial 15s Men's AcademyThe Men's National Rugby High Performance Centre - British Columbia
BC Rugby and Rugby Canada established a High Performance Academy in the fall of the 2006 season for talented junior rugby players identified as potential, future National Team players . The initial intake of athletes from BC came from the 2006 Under 16 Menís program and was supplemented with the BC-based players in the Rugby Canada Under 19 squad who were part of the 2007 World Cup. Each season, a new intake of Provincial level U16 athletes is added to the program.
The Academy program is linked directly to LTAD principles and offers its members core skill training as well as a variety of enhancement programs with National Coaches and Professional Sport Consultants, designed for educating and developing the potential national team player. The Academy program does not field a specific competing team.
The Academy program provides for the following:
∑ Core skill technical development
∑ Tactical and strategic decision making
∑ Individual player tracking and evaluation
∑ Monitored Conditioning programs
∑ Performance enhancement workshops on fitness, core stability, flexibility nutrition, sports psychology, time management and organisation
The Academy aims to gives provide an understanding as to how the individual can achieve his/her potential as an individual, an athlete and a rugby player.
In 2010, the Elite Youth Sevens Program was added as an integrated part of the Academy Program with the aim of providing effective training and development for BC players in this new Olympic sport.
From the inaugural player intake of 2006, 13 players have represented Rugby Canada at the U17 level, 12 players represented Rugby Canada at the U20 World Cup/Trophy, 2 players have represented Canada at 7s and at the Development XV level while 5 players have played for the Senior BC Bears.
The Academy is managed by:
Provincial Coach and Development Manager
BC National Rugby High Performance Centre Manager
British Columbia Rugby Union