WASHINGTON, DC - The Potomac Rugby Foundation (www.rugby-foundation.org ) announces the launch of the fifth cycle of The Rugby Academy, an independent rugby development program for high school rugby players in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia area.
The goal of the Rugby Academy is to provide high school rugby players an opportunity to develop their full potential by providing a holistic development program. Specifically, the Rugby Academy works to provide players with the tools to develop as both rugby players and students in order to go on to play rugby at university, as well to enhance the enjoyment of their rugby experience. The Rugby Academy is now starting its fifth year and has grown from 35 players in its first year to over 80 players last year.
Over 200 sophomores to senior high school boys from over 19 area programs have matriculated through the immersion program. Alumni are currently playing college rugby at schools such as the U.S. Naval Academy, Harvard, Dartmouth, Arkansas State, North Carolina, Mary Washington, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Maryland, Fordham and South Carolina. In addition, two players are playing for university academies, one in England and one in France.
Since its inception in 2008, The Academy has been invited to participate in a curtain-raiser match at the Army Navy Classic, televised on ESPNU, hosted Windsor Boys School from England and played in the New Zealand Embassy’s Ambassador’s Shield while hosting the Northeastern Ohio Rugby Academy from the Cleveland area. In 2010, The Academy was treated to a memorable training session with iRB Hall of Fame Player and All Black legend Michael Jones with New Zealand All Black Frano Botica.
The Rugby Academy runs from the end of August to the beginning of December and meets ten times during that period. Players are nominated by their club and school coaches based on both their past performance and potential. Sessions include both on-field technical and tactical activities and off field life-style/college preparation classes (i.e. goal setting, nutrition, applying to university, and time management). The Rugby Academy brings in coaches and technical experts to provide current best practices and information as well as communicating and connecting with university coaches and programs around the country to assist players with finding potential universities to apply to. The Academy holds a “College Day” to allow students to interact with university rugby program representatives. In addition, the Rugby Academy facilitates and provides coaching clinics and workshops for the regional rugby community (senior club, university and high school).
The Rugby Academy begins its 5th year of operation in August. The 2012-2013 program is now open for player nominations from coaches. Deadline for player nominations is Thursday, August 9.
For more information about The Rugby Academy, contact Director of Rugby, Kurt Mockenhaupt
703-966-5253. Check out The Rugby Academy page on Facebook at