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Ealing Trailfinders form new partnership with St Joseph’s College

Ealing Trailfinders and the Trailfinders Rugby Academy are delighted to announce a new partnership with St Joseph’s College Ipswich.

The partnership will see The Trailfinders Rugby Academy become the principle sponsors of St Jo’s first XV, the prestigious 15 aside festival and the newly launched 7’s tournament. 

St Joseph’s College will become a key member of the Elite Performance Pathway, providing scholarships and financial support for aspirational rugby players from within the Trailfinders talent development pathway. 

As part of the partnership, Ealing Trailfinders will work with St Joseph’s coaching staff to facilitate the best possible environment for student athletes at the school in S&C, Analysis and technical rugby development. The St Joseph’s performance squad will also attend training days and play fixtures at Trailfinders Sports Club as well as the performance facility at Brunel University London. 

With the Elite Player Pathway, St Joseph’s College and Brunel University London partnerships it means that you can join the Trailfinders Rugby Academy from an early age all the way through to completing a degree before embarking on a professional career. 

Head of Rugby at Brunel University London and the Trailfinders Rugby Academy Gareth Rise is excited to see this partnership develop.

“This is another fantastic step for the Trailfinders Rugby Academy on our quest to become the most comprehensive academy in the country. St Joseph’s College are renowned for their rugby ability and we have already seen three players join the academy through this agreement. 

By offering rugby support to the school we firmly believe that this partnership will develop dramatically, and create many stars of the future for the first team.”

Louis Martin, Sean Bundy and Jarno Longaretti are all members of the Trailfinders Rugby Academy after attending St Joseph’s College, and are loving their time in West London.


“I have loved being a part of the programme, back being a part of a professional environment. My time at St Joe’s helped me to get here from all the support on and off the pitch as well as the constant high standard of rugby that helped me get noticed.” Said Bundy.

Jarno Longaretti added: “At St Jo's the coaches treated us like adults which really helped with the respect aspect of rugby, this then taught me how to maintain respect between players and coaches. This has helped me a lot and contributed massively to my enjoyment.”

Louis Martin said: “My time at Brunel and Ealing Trailfinders so far has been an amazing experience. We are so lucky to be in a professional rugby programme and environment in these times and I am very grateful for this. My time at St Joseph’s has only helped me get to where I am today.” 

Mr Anthony O’Riordan, St Joseph’s Director of Business Development and Sport, said: “We are enormously proud of the sporting talent exhibited by our students and celebrate their successes across a range of disciplines at regional, national and international level. 

The College helps its students understand that playing careers may be short by their very nature and ensures a St Joseph’s education turns out well rounded young men and women, with outstanding A-level and BTEC qualifications alongside sporting trophies and accolades. Our partnership with Ealing Trailfinders means students can build on those qualifications, studying for a university degree in a dual career programme. Either way they win!”

What is on offer?

  • Scholarships to Study at St Joseph’s
  • Fee reduction at St Joseph's
  • Routes in to St Joseph’s elite rugby programme 

2019 - St Joes Festival - Statistics:

  • Footfall on-site in excess of 7,000 visitors