Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy

Are you an aspiring rugby talent of the future?

If so, apply to join the men’s Exeter College Rugby Academy in partnership with Chiefs or the Exeter Chiefs Women’s Rugby Academy and follow in the stud marks of your rugby heroes. Aspiring rugby players will get the chance to nurture not only their rugby talent, but also get first-class education and training.

The Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy at Exeter College will provide education and rugby training required to support learners to reach the highest level in the sport. The programme caters for players from 16-18 years, for women and men.

You will need to gain the required grades/entry criteria for your chosen full time college course. You will need to apply for your academic course separately. You can apply online. You will be called for an interview for your academic course with a member of staff from your chosen faculty. You will also be asked to supply references from your coach to support your application. 

Fees and other costs will be discussed at the trial event 

If you have further questions please feel free to contact our staff below: 
Chris Wall – Sports Academy Manager 
Email: chriswall@exe-coll.ac.uk 
Phone: 01392 400309 

Sam McMaster – Residential Accommodation Coordinator 
Phone: 01392 437707 

James Kenny of Exeter Chiefs warms up prior to kick off – Ryan Hiscott/JMP – 04/10/2020 – RUGBY – Ricoh Arena – Coventry, England – Wasps v Exeter Chiefs – Gallagher Premiership Rugby

Exeter College Men’s Rugby Academy DiSE Programme

The Exeter College DiSE programme is run in partnership with Exeter Chiefs and is an RFU endorsed scheme for 16-18 year old’s, requiring 12 hours per week of Rugby specific delivery alongside student’s full-time course. Selected students can choose to study a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Sport, Sports and Exercise Science, or a choice of A Levels.

Once completed it is worth up to 64 UCAS points in addition to student’s main course choices. It has been designed specifically support young aspirational performers, understand what it takes to be a full-time athlete and provide them with the skills and knowledge.

  • 12 hours of contact time each week
  • Strength & Conditioning Provision
  • 1 on 1 input and development planning
  • Outstanding coaching
  • Nutritional Support
  • Opportunity to play at the Colleges new state of the art Oil Mill Lane Facility
  • Unique opportunity to showcase your aptitude and skill with Premiership Rugby a possible pathway

  • Technical and tactical elements of Rugby
  • Game analysis and positional feedback
  • Rehabilitation and recovery
  • Lifestyle and wellbeing
  • Nutrition
  • Culture, values and behaviours

Players are either identified by Exeter Chiefs through their talent ID processes or via their Sports Academy application and subsequent performance trial process in conjunction with Exeter Chiefs Academy Managers. An interview may be required depending on the volume and quality of applicants and academically you will be required to reach the entry criteria of your chosen course.

Students will gain support from their course tutor and DiSE mentor to explore transitional pathways to identify the best routes for them. There are a range of options available including Higher Education, employment, apprenticeships and further opportunities with Exeter Chiefs.

Exeter Chiefs Women’s Rugby Academy DiSE Programme

The Exeter College DiSE programme is run through our partnership with Exeter Chiefs and is an RFU endorsed scheme for 16-18 year old’s, requiring 12 hours per week of Rugby specific delivery alongside student’s full-time course. Selected students can choose to study a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Sport, Sports and Exercise Science, or a choice of A Levels.

Once completed it is worth up to 64 UCAS points in addition to student’s main course choices. It has been designed specifically support young aspirational performers, understand what it takes to be a full-time athlete and provide them with the skills and knowledge.

  • 12 hours of contact time each week
  • Strength & Conditioning Provision
  • 1 on 1 input and development planning
  • Outstanding coaching
  • Nutritional Support
  • Opportunity to play at the Colleges new state of the art Oil Mill Lane Facility
  • Unique opportunity to showcase your aptitude and skill with Allianz Premier 15’s a possible pathway
  • Technical and tactical elements of Rugby
  • Game analysis and positional feedback
  • Rehabilitation and recovery
  • Lifestyle and wellbeing
  • Nutrition
  • Culture, values and behaviours

Players are either identified by Exeter Chiefs through their talent ID processes or via their Sports Academy application and subsequent performance trial process in conjunction with Exeter Chiefs Academy. An interview may be required depending on the volume and quality of applicants and academically you will be required to reach the entry criteria of your chosen course.

Students will gain support from their course tutor and DiSE mentor to explore transitional pathways to identify the best routes for them. There are a range of options available including Higher Education, employment, apprenticeships and further opportunities with Exeter Chiefs.

Charlie Budge during training. – Ryan Hiscott/JMP – 17/09/2020 – RUGBY – Sandy Park – Exeter, England – Exeter Chiefs Women – Training

The Exeter Chiefs Women’s Rugby Academy regularly has players play for the Chiefs’ professional side.

Player Sponsorship

Some players choose to seek out sponsorship to help cover Rugby Academy fees. If you’re interested in sponsoring a player, please contact Sports Academy Manager Chris Wall on ChrisWall@exe-coll.ac.uk.

Current Player Sponsors 2020/21

Clara Grizzle-Johnson – KAS Cranes

Meet the Coaches

The Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy with Exeter College is taught by our group of specialist coaches, helping you to develop your game in a truly professional environment. With a vast array of experience on and off the pitch, they can help you take the next steps of your career.

Professional Coaching

Our coaches are vastly experienced, with many having played and coached at a professional level.

Leading Facilities

Our facilities for sports students includes our state-of-the-art gym, as well as playing at our Exwick Sports Hub.

Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy Coaching Team at Exeter College
The Clock Tower provides accommodation for students to stay in the city centre 

The Clock Tower Boarding Accommodation

We are extremely proud of our new accommodation provision which enables our Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy students the opportunity to focus both on their academic studies and their training schedules. In addition to the support from the college tutors, students will receive 24 hour care by our dedicated accommodation team who will liaise both with tutors and parents, be an advocate, listen, guide, encourage and nurture to facilitate a positive accommodation experience.


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