Heathens U13 players Adam Hayne and Albie Guest joined some of their team mates at recent trials held at Applemore College and were successful in being selected for London Irish DPP Academy. It is a huge achievement for any player to be nominated to attend trials and to be selected is quite outstanding.
The London Irish Academy, RFU licensed since 2001, is the cornerstone of their rugby development programme and success at London Irish.
The role of the London Irish Academy is to identify and develop talented young athletes from age u13 to U23 and engage them in a High Performance development programme. Players join the academy through a variety of routes and are assisted in their rugby development to attain their ultimate goal - joining the first team squad.
“We provide our young players with an environment in which they can grow, express themselves both personally and professionally and realize their dream of becoming professional rugby players.”
With graduates such as Topsy Ojo, Alex Corbisiero, Nick Kennedy, Tom Homer and Guy Armitage London Irish’s record is second to none.
The England Rugby Academy system comprises of a network of Regional Academies and is a collaboration between the RFU and the professional game to develop players for the Premiership and England. The Regional Academies were born in 2001 following the production of the World Class Performance Plan and the RFU’s successful application for National Lottery Funding.
Fourteen Regional Academies are licenced by the RFU and are funded by both the RFU and Premiership Rugby Limited (PRL). Each academy has a designated geographic area from which to exclusively draw and develop elite players. Hampshire, Berkshire and Middlesex are covered only by the London Irish Academy.
Fareham Heathens RFC congratulate both Adam and Albie in their selection and wish them every success for the future.