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Academy Introduction

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The Exeter Chiefs Academy has a strong and proud tradition of producing home-grown players ensuring the ideal transition from Academy to Premiership and International honours.

Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Moon, Dave Lewis, Sam Hill, Henry Slade and Dave Ewers are Academy players who have all established themselves at the highest level.

Players who are starting to break into regular first team contention are: Max Bodilly, Tom Hendrickson, Ed Holmes, Jack Innard, Jack Maunder, Joe Simmonds, Sam Simmonds, Sam Skinner, Harry Strong and Stu Townsend.

These players will be followed by the latest breed of young Chiefs that are currently working their way through the productive pathway provided by the Chiefs’ Academy.

Many of the players have come through Academy bases at Truro, Ivybridge and Exeter Colleges. All of these teams play in the RFU Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) competition. Exeter University provides the perfect solution for ongoing studies for those wishing to continue in Education. Truro and Exeter also offer further education post 18 and offer Foundation Degrees. Links with other service providers are also maintained.

The ideal playing pathway for players over 18 is provided with links with Championship and National League Clubs.

Players come through the Elite Player Development Group programme (EDPG) and the Developing Players Programme (DPP). The EDPG programme is for players selected on to that programme by Academy staff and runs for players aged 13 to 16. Through all programmes from U13 DPP to Academy Players, the underlying philosophy is based on graduating forms on the seven pillars highlighted below recognising that talent is a multi-dimensional concept and individuals should 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 Robin Cowling – robincowling@exeterchiefs.co.uk

Key Contacts

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Robin Cowling
Academy Manager
01392 890890

Gibson 1516

Rob Gibson
Assistant Academy Manager / Exeter College Academy

Churcher 1516

Marek Churcher
Academy Coach / Truro College Academy

Cushion 1516

Ruairi Cushion
Academy Coach / Devon Development Player Programme

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Zoe Willmott
Academy Administrator
01392 890890