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Academy Introduction

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The Exeter Chiefs Academy has a strong tradition of producing home-grown players and has been proud to provide players into various National age grade side for the past few seasons. The challenge now for the Academy is for those players from our young academy to go on to further Premiership and national honours

Ben Moon has graduated from the Academy has become a regular in the Chiefs team during its Premiership time. With several players entering the second & third full time years the goal is to increase representation on Saturday afternoons at Sandy Park.

Sam Hill, Luke Cowan Dickie and Henry Slade will represent England Under-20s in the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. Jack Nowell is unlucky to miss this tournament but will be ready to play again come the new season.

During the 2011/12season Jack Arnott & Kieran Davies have represented England Under-19s, Joel Conlon has represented the Under-18s with Matt Bolwell, Like Chapman, Charlie Hewitt and Stu Townsend all played for the Under-17s. Stu Townsend and Jay Tayack have also played for the U16 programme,

The academy this year will have 11 full-time players who have graduated through the system and train full time with the senior squad, most players will be on loan to local championship clubs. Many of the players have come through Academy bases at Truro (Cornwall) or Ivybridge (Devon). Both these teams play in the RFU Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) competition. Bicton College have recently collaborated and are currently growing their programme and facilities. Links with other service providers are also maintained.

Exeter University have close ties to the club and provide and excellent resource to the players going onto higher academic needs.

Players come through the Elite Player Development Group programme (EPDG) and the Schools of Rugby (SoR) programmes. The EPDG programme is for players selected onto that programme by Academy staff and runs for players aged U13 to 18, the SoR works closely with the club & county to identify & develop players from the age of 13 to 16.

Through all programmes from U13 SoR to full time Academy Players, the underlying philosophy is based in graduating forms on the 7 pillars highlighted below recognising that talent is a multidimensional concept and Individuals should not be identified or selected on any one component.

7 pillar model for individual & performance development – Continuous Monitoring & Development of all components

  • Technical
  • Tactical
  • Physical
  • Nutritional
  • Mental
  • Leadership
  • Lifestyle

Anyone requiring information please contact Rob Gibson at robgibson@exeterchiefs.co.uk