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What is a Wasps Apprenticeship?

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

London Wasps Apprenticeship 2012/13

London Wasps Apprenticeship 2012/13

Who is involved?

The Wasps Academy Apprenticeship is a partnership between:

  • Wasps
  • the Rugby Football Union
  • Causeway Technologies
  • Henley College

What is the Wasps Academy Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship provides every opportunity for aspiring elite rugby players between the ages of 16-18, to maximize their potential and reach high levels of senior rugby post 18. It also takes account of and rigorously supports the need for continued academic and vocational progression towards post 18 options offering various career opportunities alongside further rugby development. It is a means of meeting both sporting and academic aspirations in a controlled manner.

Please note - Candidates must be between the ages of 16-18 and hold a British passport.

The apprenticeship meets the needs of the Rugby Football Union:
Long Term Athlete Development 16-18 should be "Train to Compete" 15hrs a week. Traditional rugby schools tend to adopt a "Train to Win" ethos and is usually about the developing player preparing for the School 1st XV to win fixtures, we believe this development stage should start post 18.

The apprenticeship meets the needs of Wasps:
We would like to continue to develop our own players who will continue to further the reputation for excellence of Wasps.
The club takes pride in the fact that the rugby element of the Wasps apprenticeship is conducted by Wasps professional staff at the Academy training base at Henley RFC. Wasps Apprenticeship works in partnership with Henley College with the training based at Henley RFC with provides excellent gym and outdoor facilities again under the direction of Wasps full time professional coaches.

The apprenticeship offers a quality academic experience:

New students enrolling in the programme as of the 2012/13 season will undertake their academic studies at Henley College
The Wasps Academy Apprenticeship is an approved by the RFU as Academic Achievement in Sporting Excellence with students following accredited courses supported by the RFU, Learning Skills Council, Edexcel and/or Skills Active.

More information for applicants and their parents is available through direct contact with Henley College admissions.

How is it Organised?

How is it Organised?

The Rugby Programme is divided into three areas:

  • Rugby Development & Performance
  • Physical Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding

More on the Rugby Programme is here