Left to right: Mark Burrows (Faculty Director at Activate Learning), Kevin Harman (Wasps Head of Recruitment & Academy), Bernard Grenville-Jones (Group Executive Director at Activate Learning)
Wasps AASE programme to move to Activate Learning’s City of Oxford College
Wasps’ prestigious AASE youth academy rugby programme will be moving to City of Oxford College ahead of the 2019/20 season.
After seven years of running the AASE programme at Henley College, Wasps aim to continue their development of young players from the ages of 16 to 18, moving to a more centralised base in Oxford.
The new deal, which starts on September 1, 2019, will see the AASE programme transition over to City of Oxford College, part of the Activate Learning education group.
Matches will be played out of the 4G facility at Oxford Harlequins RFC, and players will have access to the outstanding new gym, strength and conditioning and sports therapy facility at the City of Oxford College campus.
Kevin Harman, Head of Recruitment & Academy at Wasps, said: “We’re looking forward to teaming up with Activate Learning at City of Oxford College where there are some fantastic facilities. We feel we will be able to offer the best support to youngsters from the surrounding areas.
“The move is purely due to geographical reasons, but it allows us to be more centralised with our AASE programme moving forward.
“We’d like to thank Henley College and its staff for their fantastic support over the last seven years, in a great partnership which has seen a number of players grow into professional athletes.”
The main Wasps AASE programme will solely run from Oxford for the 2020/21 season.
Mark Burrows, Director of Lifestyles at Activate Learning, said: “We are excited about the prospect of working with Wasps to provide an outstanding experience and pathway in both the academic and rugby sense for young people.
“We are looking forward to engaging the local rugby clubs and schools within this new partnership with Wasps to ultimately expand the opportunities for young players within the area.”
Year 2 AASE students, and those who have been offered an academic place to attend Henley College for the 2019/20 season, will still be provided for as part of the AASE programme formerly at Henley College.
The Club will ensure a smooth transitional process heading into the 2020/21 season, with the programme being entirely based from its new home at City of Oxford College.
If you would like to know more about the programme available at Activate Learning, please visit www.activatelearning.ac.uk/courses/sport/wasps-rugby-aase-programme