The Academy is the foundation of Bath Rugby, working to the Club's values and developing a supportive and challenging environment through innovative delivery, which allows the athlete to achieve their potential. We aim to create rounded individuals based on hard work, talent and humility, whilst consistently producing the players and teams of the future.
Players primarily come into the Junior Academy through the Developing Playing Programme (DPP) but players can also be selected from the County programmes or be scouted directly by Academy staff.
DoR Todd Blackadder:
"The Academy forms an integral part of the senior squad, developing home grown players who shape and maintain the culture of the Club."
Academy Manager Andy Rock:
"Together with an experienced team of staff the Academy aim to ensure the best players are identified and developed within our catchment area of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. We focus on the fundamental rugby skills and provide expert tuition in the areas of strength and conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition and sports psychology, whilst ensuring that the players’ education and personal development are maintained as a priority."
Managing Director Tarquin McDonald:
"The Academy is critical to the Club and is so important in helping to keep a strong unit with the local area and our 'roots' in and around Bath and the South West. Many of our past and current players have come through the Academy and we are keen to see this continue and grow. We have made a concerted effort to integrate the Academy far more in the last couple of seasons and it is already paying dividends. To have the senior Academy players training and learning alongside the current senior players has really helped accelerate their progress."