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Ealing Trailfinders and Brunel University launch brand new Rugby Sports Scholarship Programme

Ealing Trailfinders is delighted to announce a new partnership with Brunel University London, offering a Rugby Scholarship Programme for students.

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

The programme will see Ealing Trailfinders introduce their rugby coaches, Strength and Conditioning staff, Analysts and Medical team with the aim to create 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 one of the best teams 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 performance 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, Fitness Complex and Spa are all on site and can be used as well as other benefits including kit and medical support.

Based just outside London within a 10 minute drive of Ealing Trailfinders, Brunel was founded in 1966 and welcomes over 13,000 students from more than 110 countries.

It has over 2,240 sports members across 56 different sports whilst being ranked in the top third of universities worldwide. 

Ealing Trailfinders Director of Rugby Ben Ward is hugely excited by the new partnership, which will start in 2019. 

“This is an enormous step forward for us as a club and we are extremely passionate about making this scheme a success. Having looked at what is on offer for the students it is a fantastic programme and everyone is looking forward to getting involved. 

We have the opportunity to create something special in both education and rugby terms which is a great combination. There is currently no BUCS Super League team in London and we want to make this the most comprehensive programme in England to ensure that the team can become as successful as possible.”

Mark Burgess, Head of Sport at Brunel, said: “Our sports teams are a real source of pride for Brunel, and I think partnerships such as this show very clearly how committed we are to supporting students in pursuing their sporting ambitions whilst continuing their education. 

“Having access to professional players and coaching staff along with some of the best facilities in the country will take rugby at Brunel to the next level, on and off the field. I’m really looking forward to seeing our teams push on as well as creating a player supply chain for Ealing Trailfinders as they progress in the coming seasons.”

If you are interested in any more information about the exciting new regime, email academy@etprm.com or visit www.ealingtrailfinders.com