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Trailfinders Rugby Academy | What We Offer

What We offer

Ealing Trailfinders Professional Academy: 

The Pro Academy train full time with the first team squad in order to improve their ability on a day-to-day basis.

This year the academy features some extremely exciting prospects who are all linked to loan clubs in National One, making sure they get regular rugby week in week out. Chinnor, Rosslyn Park and Esher all host a number of the academy players to gain match experience.

Daily skill sessions are delivered as well as a full Strength and Conditioning programme for the players alongside the training schedule.

Some impressive success stories have come through the academy, with Matt Cornish becoming a first- team regular and recently making his 50th appearance in the Greene King IPA Championship. 

Brunel University and Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Scholarship Programme: 

Brunel is renowned as a top University in the heart of London with an enormous range of courses available, and we are delighted to be offering a new Performance Programme.

The partnership means that Ealing Trailfinders will oversee and run the male and female performance rugby programmes at Brunel University with a view to them reaching the BUCS Super league in the near future. 

We will ensure that the partnership is delivered to the highest quality, and we will have Full Time Coaches who will oversee the programme on a day to day basis. 

Our Performance Staff will also be fully committed, providing full Strength and Conditioning programmes as well as medical support and analysis.

We firmly believe that this programme can become the best in the country and will help students achieve further qualifications as well as giving them the opportunity to pursue a rugby career. 

Our Rugby Academy has been producing some outstanding talents and this will only add to those who have now become regulars in the match day squad over the last few years. 

The players will have the chance to train full time with the Ealing Trailfinders first team squad, giving them the best opportunity to develop alongside international players. 

Brunel University are renowned for their sporting facilities which are of a world class standard, and combined with the rugby specific equipment at Ealing Trailfinders we have a brilliant partnership which will be extremely appealing to aspiring players. 

The programme will see Ealing Trailfinders introduce their rugby coaches, Strength and Conditioning staff, Analysts and Medical team with the aim of creating one of the most comprehensive programmes in the country, allowing students to combine top level rugby with their studies. 

Players will have the opportunity to become part of the Ealing Trailfinders Academy and train full time with the professional team around their education. With two 4G pitches, two gyms and a brand new medical area, the home of the Trailfinders has allowed them to become the 14th best team in the country as well as lifting the British and Irish Cup last season. 

The students will be incorporated in to the club to join the Greene King IPA Championship side. Ealing Trailfinders are currently competing in the second tier of English rugby and have ambitions to gain promotion to the Gallagher Premiership, with this newly formed programme providing a significant boost to their squad in the coming seasons. 

A bespoke strength and conditioning programme will be delivered from the professional fitness coaches at Ealing Trailfinders, with access to the top class facilities at the club including the gym, rugby pitches and team areas. 

The world class facilities that Brunel Rugby Union have means that the players will have two of the best rugby operations in England to use. With an international standard pitch built there for the 2015/16 season, the French rugby team used Brunel as a base for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 

An indoor running track, Sports Centre and Fitness Complex are all on site and can be used as well as a cash bursary to help towards University and Tuition fees, with kit and medical support available for the entrants.

West London College and Ealing Trailfinders Scholar Programme: 

We are delighted to offer another programme at Ealing Trailfinders, offering students aged 16-19 an opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst playing rugby.

The scholars will head to Trailfinders Sports Club for a full time rugby college scheme which begins in September, and combines full time training with vocational studies, provided in partnership with West London College. There is a wide range of courses to choose from, including Sports & Fitness qualifications.

On completion of the scholarship the students will gain a nationally recognised qualification, which allows them to progress onto university or into employment. There will also be the chance to get a professional rugby contract at Ealing Trailfinders in the Senior Academy.

West London College are the number one top performing college in London for overall achievement rate, and their main mission has always been to improve lives through education, training, skills and development.

If you are interested in joining any of the Academy initiatives, email Director of Rugby Ben Ward on benwardten@gmail.com