NATIONAL SEVENS
ACADEMY

THE ACADEMY SEASON

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HIGH PERFORMANCE
IN ALL WALKS
OF LIFE

The UR7s National Sevens Academy works with internationally acclaimed coaches as we strive to develop high performance in all walks of life using rugby sevens as the vehicle. By giving young players a unique insight into the game of 7s we’re providing the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to play 7s at the highest level. The skills are transferrable to the 15-a-side game and to players off all sizes, positions and ages. 

Players are invited to join the Academy through our annual scouting programme, which observes the countries best young players at school and club tournaments, as well as our Talent Development Days (TDDs) that we run at schools across the country. The programme is built on creativity and fun, giving all involved the opportunity to express themselves in an environment that nurtures their talent.

THE RESIDENTIAL
CAMP
Each season kicks off with a residential camp in each region. We hold them at some of the top schools in the country to ensure best possible environment for players. The residential takes place over 3-4 days, split between Junior and Senior sections of each region, where players are able to work with some of the best players and coaches in the rugby 7s.
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THE TOP-UP
CLINIC
The Top-Up Clinic takes place the day before the respective residential camp and is aimed at delivering specific coaching clinics with expert coaches for the attending players.
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IN-SEASON
SESSIONS​
The in-season sessions take place in September, October, March and April on a Sunday afternoon, except the April session, which makes use of the Easter break and is run over a full day. The sessions are designed to focus on a particular aspect of the game so that our coaches can help players gain a more detailed insight.
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OFF THE FIELD
TRAINING
Developing high performance is not just about what takes place on the field but also what young players experience off the field. With that in mind, we have developed a series of online sessions that compliment the Academy season and provide players with education on topics including nutrition, strength & conditioning, mindset, mental well-being, managing life as a rugby player and more.
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PERFORMANCE
PATHWAYS
Our aim is to produce the next generation of sevens players, equipped with the skills and understanding to excel in the game, whether that be at University, playing for their club, joining our Senior teams on tour or representing team their country on the World Series.
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PLAYING FOR
UR7S TEAMS​
Towards the end of each academy season, players get the opportunity to be selected to represent UR7s and play in Academy development and/or Performance teams in tournaments across the country. Players are selected based on their performances in training across the season, including the summer residential, in-season sessions, mentor programme and virtual series. Squad members are expected to have a good attendance record and have met all requirements set by the coaches.
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THE SELECTION
PROCESS

We run an annual scouting programme where our coaches visit school and club tournaments across the country, including our own UR7s Junior Championships (one UR7s tournament per region). In addition, the UR7s team run a number of Talent Development Days (TDDs) each year, visiting schools to run sevens specific sessions with players.

At all of these events, players are scouted based the potential. Performance, athletic ability, particular skills and their want to develop in the game of sevens, that our coaches observe.

If a players is offered a place in the Academy they will have the chance to join for the full season, including our summer residential, in-season sessions, virtual sessions and Regional Festival taking place in April each year. Alternatively, players can join for the in-season sessions only, which excludes the summer residential element of the season.

WILL WILSON

UR7s Academy Graduate / England 7s, Oxford Blue.

ACADEMY GRADUATES

UR7s has been very fortunate to work with some talented, brilliant young men that have gone on to continue their rugby development at clubs, universities and nationals teams. The programme is designed to get the very best out of every individual involved and best arm them to continue playing at the highest level possible.

WORLD-CLASS COACHES

UR7s is incredibly proud of its coaching team. We believe that young players are inspired to learn & enjoy their rugby if the coaching team is vibrant, creative and made up of young coaches who are either still playing or have recently retired. The experience that these players have both on and off the field is invaluable in both inspiring and teaching the squad. The coaching team includes internationals of all levels and players/coaches that have excelled off the field including doctors & Oxbridge Blues amongst many more.

Think you have you got what it takes? Apply now to become a member.

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