Academy Structure


Players are identified and selected for the Junior Development Squad from the England Rugby Developing Player Programme (ERDPP). The Junior Academy players train together every Monday and every alternate Thursday, whilst it is also common for these players to continue playing for their school or club sides.

Each player is given an individual training programme to help them achieve their potential and are monitored by the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy coaching and medical team.

The Junior Development players do not play in a structured competition but the coaches recognise the need to challenge the players and games are arranged against suitable opposition, giving them the chance to come together as a team and test themselves in a competitive environment. In the Summer and Spring each season the Academy U16s play in an RFU organised tournament.

The club strongly encourage all our players to continue their studies and 100% of the players in the Junior Development Squad are in full time education. We aim to help our players keep a healthy balance between the club, school, representative and development programmes.


The Junior Academy players train twice a week with the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy coaches and follow a personalised training programme, which is designed to maximise their development. They participate in the Premier Rugby U18 Academy League Competition from December to February which is split into North and South conferences, which allows the best U18s in the Country to play against each other.

All players in the Junior Academy are encouraged to continue in full time education whether this be vocational or academic and we have developed strong partnerships with educational institutions who understand the demands of our players and the majority are able to successfully combine their studies with their development in the Academy.


The Senior Academy players all train part time with the club and have a unique training programme that is designed and monitored by the Academy coaching staff.

As well as this training programme the players will gain valuable playing experience through loan clubs in the National Leagues at Wharfedale and Doncaster or through our partnerships with Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds.

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