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Professional Pathway Support

At Bicton we work in partnership with the Exeter Chiefs and our professional coaches to develop the perfect all-round package designed to take you to the next level within rugby. The level of support offered is designed to mirror a professional sport setup. With your pathway membership, you will have regular access to a range of professional services created to develop and improve you as an all-round player.

As part of the rugby pathway you will have access to 20 hours of professional rugby coaching/training per week, additional to match days, as well as:

  • Entry into the AASE league – the highest level of college competition for your age group
  • Performance analysis – supporting you to strengthen all areas of your game
  • Positional specific skills sessions – supporting your individual and team game
  • 1-1 – Reviews with your coaches – forward thinking, creative and innovative coaches who’ll test your technical development and understanding of the game
  • Nutritional advice – making sure you perform at your best by staying healthy and active
  • Physiotherapy – specialists on hand to keep you at your physical peak
  • Sports Psychology – developing your ability to cope with pressure when it matters
  • Strength & Conditioning – ensuring you’re prepared for the physical challenge of competition
  • Direct club link with the Exeter Chiefs — the perfect way to gain knowledge and experience in the professional game including media training delivered by the Exeter Chiefs media team, work experience at Super Saturday events and access to coaching courses and additional qualifications.

The partnership between the Exeter Chiefs Academy and Bicton College also aims to provide quality education alongside first class rugby training.

The rugby programme is structured around an academic timetable providing 20 hours per week of training and game time along with analysis and mentoring support on top of students’ academic studies.

The Rugby Academy aims to support, nurture and develop young players in an environment that helps students reach their potential.

Many students take advantage of the on-site residential support at the College’s stunning grounds. Residential students benefit from a detailed nutritional plan, pastoral support as well as extended access to the on-site gym and other facilities. More local students can also access the above on a daily basis.

A typical week consists of a mix between the following key components: technical and tactical training sessions and team and individual video analysis delivery. Individual skill development sessions are provided with specialist coaches.

A detailed and progressive conditioning programme rehabilitation and recovery work are structured which are tailored to suit the formative growing years of the players.

To access the model, players must be studying at Bicton College or one of the college’s academic partners. Players can currently study any of the Bicton based courses in conjunction with the rugby academy. There are many courses run at the college that can in principle be tailored to the rugby model if needed. The college also caters for those students who are over 18 on a Foundation degree course.


For more information or any enquiries please contact Rob Gibson (Exeter Chiefs Academy Coach, Bicton College) or email Rob at robgibson@exeterchiefs.co.uk




Bicton claim their first piece of silverware

The Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy at Bicton College recently won its first piece of silverware at the Berkshire Under-18 sevens tournament.

The college side competed at the Bryanston School Invitational Sevens, competing against top schoolboy sides from all over the country in an event featuring hosts Bryanston, Wellington College, Brighton College and Sherbourne School.

Captained by Ben Sharples – and on the back of some great displays in Dorset – the young squad were then invited to attend the Berkshire Sevens and took the main trophy back to Devon after adapting well to the short version of the game.

The prestigious event has been running for over 30 years and previous winners include established college models such as Hartpury, Myerscogh and Writtle.

In the main final, the Devon side faced a stern examination from Warwickshire prevailing 35-19 in an end-to-end showpiece.

Bicton went 21-0 up within the first half with scores from Marcus Phillips, Greg Rogers and Jordan Cornthwaite. Sam Crow added the conversions.

The second half saw a fightback from the Warwick side with some of their Northampton Saints starlets making an impact. However, Bicton refused to let go of the prize by adding scores from Tim Phillips and Luke Mingo, finishing the game at 35-19.

Next up, the academy have been invited to the Middlesex Under-18 sevens on March 18 and hope to end their sevens campaign at the Rosslyn Park National sevens at the end of the month.