Welcome to the Ampthill Academy
Our commitment beginning season 2017-18 is the first time that Ampthill has undertaken a full academy programme as part of the senior squad (1st & 2nd XV). It is our intention that, within two years, the academy programme will provide three players per season capable of playing at National 1 standard.
Our Mission is:-
“to assist the development of players aged 18-22 years and to provide a pathway from youth rugby into senior rugby and potentially, a semi-professional contract with Ampthill’s 1st XV currently playing in National 1”.
Our Key Values are:-
Application – Dedication – Honesty – Respect
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Our 1stXV plays semi-professional rugby and finished 3rd in National 1 in 2016/17, level 3 in the Rugby Football Union hierarchy. With 12 clubs in each of the Premiership (level 1) and the Championship (level 2) that ranks Ampthill as the 27th rugby club in England from approximately 1800 clubs.
Our 2ndXV plays in Division 1 of the Zoo Sports Shield and finished 3rd in season 2016/17, ahead of 2ndXVs from clubs such as Blackheath, Jersey & London Scottish.
The formation of the academy is a natural progression to provide a path for youth players who would like to progress to adult rugby. The gap between youth rugby and National 1 is extensive and we believe that an academy will smooth the transition into the senior game.
The academy is open to all youth players, not just those who have come through the Ampthill mini & youth system. Anyone with both the recommendation and the desire to develop their skill set to a level that provides an opportunity in due course to earn a semi-professional contract in National 1 is welcome.
Ampthill’s senior section runs 6 senior sides, three social sides starting with the Extras (4thXV) through the 5thXV to the Veterans.
Youth players will likely start their progression through the senior section via the Jets, our 3rdXV.
The 1881’s, our 2ndXV, play against the likes of 2ndXVs from Blackheath, Jersey, London Scottish & Richmond etc. The standard is high, on a par with National 3 (level 5) in the RFU hierarchy.
We intend to provide all youth players with a full strength and conditioning (S&C) programme produced by Ampthill’s own S&C department as well as help and advice regarding injury recovery from our medical team.
Ampthill 1stXV enjoy on-going player development programmes with reigning Aviva Champions Saracens as well as Northampton Saints, Bath Rugby, Leicester Tigers and Bedford Blues.
It is our aim to make sure that all youth players get the best possible level of coaching, strength and conditioning and medical support to realise their potential. If this means they progress further up the ladder than the Ampthill 1stXV they go with our blessing, support and best wishes. We hope they will re-join us if they return down the playing pyramid, they will receive a warm welcome.