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London Wasps Player Development Partnership

The Henley College offers talented, ambitious rugby players aged 16-18 the opportunity to combine their rugby development alongside their chosen academic studies. Students who wish to develop their rugby skills to a higher level have the opportunity to combine efficiently their academic timetable and their rugby development programme in order to maximise potential in both disciplines.

The London Wasps Academy Apprenticeship is a two year scheme for aspiring elite rugby players that combines player development and academic study.

The London Wasps Academy Apprenticeship is a partnership between:

  • London Wasps
  • The Rugby Football Union
  • Causeway Technologies
  • Twyford CofE High School
  • The Henley College

The apprenticeship provides every opportunity for aspiring elite rugby players aged 16-18 to reach their potential of a high level of rugby. It also takes into account and rigorously supports the need for continued progression towards other options through study or a different career path. It provides a means of meeting both sporting and academic aspirations.

The apprenticeship aims to meet the recommendations of the Rugby Football Union that
Long Term Athlete Development 16-18 should include "Train to Compete" for 15 hours a week. Traditional rugby schools "Train to Win" ethos is usually about preparing the developing player for the School 1st XV to win fixtures.

The apprenticeship also meets the needs of London Wasps who continue to develop their own players, who in turn will further the reputation for excellence at London Wasps.

The club takes pride in the fact that the rugby element of the London Wasps apprenticeship is conducted by London Wasps professional staff at the 1st Team training facilities at the Senior Teams training ground at Twyford Avenue, Acton.

From September 2012 the London Wasps Apprenticeship became based at Henley College with training at Henley RFC who provide excellent gym and outdoor facilities, again under the direction of London Wasps full-time professional coaches.

The apprenticeship offers a quality academic experience:

The London Wasps Academy Apprenticeship is an accredited Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) supported by the Learning Skills Council, Edexcel and Skills Active.

More infomation for applicants and their parents is available on the Skills Active website, www.skillsactive.com and go to the AASE information pages.

How is it organised?

The apprenticeship is timetabled so that the Academy apprentices undertake the majority of their academic work in the mornings and the majority of the rugby programme in the afternoons.

The Programme is divided into three areas: wasps logo

Rugby Development & Performance
Physical Development
Knowledge and Understanding

In addition, the Programme supports the apprentices gaining an additional qualification, an NVQ in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance, a Level 3 qualification recognised as equivalent to 2 A Levels by a number of universities for related courses. Apprentices acheive their NVQ by keeping a records of their experiences and producing evidence of the outcomes of their preparation, training and performances.

Academic options at The Henley College include:

  • A Levels
  • Vocational Diplomas

In addition to the academic programme, a typical training schedule of 11 hours per week includes:

  • 3 Strength and Conditioning Sessions
  • 2 Rugby Sessions
  • College Match Programme

Rugby and Conditioning sessions are under the guidance of Henley College Tutor Danny Batty (Henley Hawks Assistant Coach) and Rob Smith.

RugbyTraining programmes are designed by Strength and Conditioning staff at London Wasps, with sessions taking place during the daytime, three times a week at Henley Rugby Club, under the guidance of Rob Smith and Danny Batty.

Rugby training sessions, incorporating individual skills, decision making, fitness and team patterns, during the daytime at College twice a week, under the guidance of Danny Batty, Graham Horner and Rob Smith, plus guest coaches.

The HENLEY College runs 1st and 2nd teams. Matches are played every Wednesday afternoon, involving the following competitions:

  • Daily Mail Cup
  • FE Colleges Cup
  • Oxfordshire County Cup
  • 7s tournaments, including Rosslyn Park

The Rugby Programme includes:

  • Video analysis
  • Fitness Testing - three times a year
  • RFU Level 1 Coaching Qualification


For more information contact Danny Batty on 01491 634392 or email dbat@henleycol.ac.uk



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