Exeter College

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Women’s Rugby Academy at Exeter College

The partnership between Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College provides aspiring female rugby players the chance to nurture not only their rugby talent, but also receive first-class education and training with the Premier 15s club coaches and teaching staff.

Exeter College is a large, thriving and growing tertiary college which places teaching, learning and student success as their top priority. They enjoy an excellent regional reputation.

Exeter College is an award-winning, world class college and are Devon's only Ofsted Outstanding further education college. Their vision is to shape the future by delivering excellence to realise the ambitions of their learners, city, and region.

Exeter College were also named best in the South West for employer satisfaction in Apprenticeships. As an organisation, nationally they are in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not for Profit Employer list.

Students can choose from a wide variety of courses, and the rugby programme is designed to complement those choices.

The programme caters for players from 16-18 within the Chiefs Academy and if selected by the club, 18-20 years on an apprenticeship. The rugby training links in around the students chosen academic path.

This provides students the opportunities to cover the tactical, technical and team aspects of rugby along with full conditioning, nutritional guidance and detailed team and individual analysis delivery. The coaching staff also provide individual skills and mentoring to suit the student commitments.

For more information on the College DiSE programme for aspirational players, please visit the College website for further information Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy (exe-coll.ac.uk)

Exeter College Sports Academy

The Sports Academy at Exeter College is managed by Chris Wall who is also an ex-player with the club and can be contacted via chriswall@exe-coll.ac.uk

Coaches Information

DAVE KIMBERLEY - Dave is a forward’s specialist, lecturer in the Sport, Leisure & Tourism Faculty at Exeter College. He is the Colleges Women’s Rugby Academy Lead and coaches in the Clubs Centre of Excellence scheme.

STEVE PERRY - Steve is a back specialist, lecturer in the Sport, Leisure & Tourism Faculty at Exeter College. He is currently the head coach at Exmouth RFC, Women’s Rugby Academy coach and DiSE Tutor.

EILIDH SINCLAIR - Eilidh is back-row currently with Exeter Chiefs having previously played for Scotland, Scotland 7’s and Queensland Reds.

HARRY WRIGHT - Harry is an ex-college, recently finished his degree at Cardiff and is now forging a career in rehabilitation to compliment his S&C work. He is the head of S&C for the DPP programme run from the college base and also oversees the Chiefs Women’s Rugby Academy S&C.

All these deliverers have a fantastic pedigree and are still involved at various clubs within the region. The line-up of coaches and experience they bring to the programme ensure the highest quality of education is matched in its Rugby Development.

OUR SUCCESS STORIES

KAYLEIGH ARMSTRONG

MEG DAVIES

MERRYN DOIDGE

GRACE ECKFORD

ABBIE FLEMING

GABBY GOWER

EBONY JEFFERIES

GARNET MACKINDER

ABBY MIDDLEBROOKE

JESS THOMAS

Mission Statement

The Exeter College Rugby Academy is focused on producing rugby players for the Premier 15’s and beyond.

Exeter College Academy is committed to producing players of the future through early identification (Centre of Excellence), development and dedicating time to the 'best players' leading to Premier 15s and national honours.

By developing the person and leaders the 'Player' will follow.

Along with maintaining a balanced approach to achieving ambitions within the game, players will also be supported in avenues of life outside the game.

Motivated and intelligent staff with growing expertise in their particular field ensure the Academy not only continues to produce a high calibre person and player, but also provides the environment for future innovation, research and methods that will keep the Academy motivated and moving forward in line with the demands of modern-day professional sport at international levels.

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