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Wolves Rugby Academy 


The Wolves rugby programme is designed to develop each of our player's skills, fitness and knowledge of the game to prepare them for progression into high level sport. Working closely with expert trainers on areas that will improve your performance and knowledge of the game.

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For a more in depth understanding of what the academy can offer you and the success it has brought our students read our guide below.  

About The Wolves Rugby Academy

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Three mornings per week are entirely dedicated to your rugby development, each morning consists of a combination of strength and conditioning, indoor skills and pitch sessions. The programme is focused on ensuring you are optimizing your development as an individual rugby player, with guidance from knowledgeable, expert coaches, including regular coaching from Saracens Academy coaches and players.

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The college operates two mens teams who compete in regular fixtures. On Wednesdays. The 1st XV competes in the highest level of competition in the Colleges AASE League, playing against other colleges affiliated to Premiership and Championship teams across the country, giving players excellent exposure to not only Saracens Academy coaches, but coaches from other academies as well. The Development XV plays in the Regional Association of College League and other friendly fixtures. There is also a dedicated period of the season where certain players will have the opportunity to focus on the seven-a-side format of the game for those suited to it.

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The rugby programme is dedicated to enabling players to become better-educated rugby players, athletes and students of the game. Students on the programme will leave with the necessary skills to thrive as rugby players, be that as a professional, semi-professional, university player or amateur.


The rugby programme is scheduled to accommodates a range of course options:

It may be possible to study another subject but please discuss this with your academy trainer first. 

Other course options on the curriculum, but not listed above may allow some participation on the rugby programme but not all course options are actively timetabled to accommodate the rugby schedule.

For those who require retakes in maths or English, these can be retaken alongside the rugby and study programme.

There are also opportunities to undertake RFU coaching and refereeing qualifications.

Oaklands Wolves Elite Women's Rugby Programme

September 2019 will see a refreshed vision for the women’s rugby programme, with the college working in collaboration with Saracens Women. The women’s game is in a period of exciting growth at all levels from junior grassroots level through to the elite pathways, with the creation of the Tyrell’s Women’s Premiership and professional, centrally contracted players. The programme will operate, at least initially, as a small hub for talented players to work throughout the week on their personal rugby and athletic development, heading back to their clubs for games and team training.

Working in their own small group, girls on the programme will be supported in their personal development through individual skill development and access to strength and conditioning and medical services. Training will be delivered jointly by coaches from the college and Saracens Women.

Players on the programme will gain access to playing opportunities through their respective club teams and the representative pathway at weekends.

The rugby programme is dedicated to enabling players to become better-educated rugby players, athletes and students of the game. Students on the programme will leave with the necessary skills to thrive as rugby players, be that as a professional, semi-professional, university player or amateur.

Applications are invited for all courses available on the college curriculum at present.


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Meet: Cece Gordon-Hill

We sat down with Oaklands College Sports and Exercise Science student to discuss her college experience, the Rugby Academy and her exciting plans for the future! 

Cece,a Peformance Herts and TASS athlete and part-time assistant coach for Rugby Tots will be leaving both Oaklands College and Saracens Centre of Excellence Academy in pursuit of joining Premiership side Loughborough Lightning. 

Joining the Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy as part of her Level 3 Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science, Cece has excelled and impressed her coaching staff during her time at Oaklands College. 

CECE-6-SQUARE Q: Tell us about your time at Oaklands College so far? What led you to study here and what do you enjoy about your time at the college?

"I am currently studying a BTEC Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science Diploma and I've really enjoyed the course because it has given me an overview of Sport - It is all very interesting, our lecturers make learning immersive and fun. I really enjoy rugby training in the mornings before lessons and having a laugh with fellow students, there is a lot of camaraderie within the academy."

Q: What inspired you to take up rugby, did you play previously? Why did you sign up for the Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy?

"My story for how I started playing rugby is a funny one as my fellow England teammate (and peer at the time) Kelsey Clifford asked me if I had ever played rugby. It was a day after school in Year 9 and we just had a kick-about and from there onward I was instantly hooked, but I never thought I would make it to international level!

Q: As a former student of the Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy, what was your experience at the college, what did you learn and what were your biggest achievements? 

"From day one of attending the Rugby Academy I was instantly immersed into the world of full-time athletics and I believe it played a huge part of my development and helped me prepare for England selections. My primary concern was how I'd fit in, being the only female player in the academy, but the boys are like my little extended family and I had always been treated equally by all members and staff, there was no getting off easily because I was the only girl!

It was a huge learning experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself as an athlete and person off the pitch. My biggest achievements are becoming a sponsored TASS athlete being granted the opportunity to play for England against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff." 

Q: How important do you feel it is that society embrace the rise of women's sport? 

"I feel it is very important that we embrace the rise of women's sport, because young girls are becoming inspired and feel that the dream of pursuing a career as an elite athlete is a possibility, due to full-time contracts being awarded to the successful sports women we see currently today. 

You can't ignore it, women's sport is evolving and becoming more popular, the stands are getting fuller, it's in the news more and research has shown more females (secondary school aged) are taking up sport. After all, sport is for everybody and I feel a rise in women's sport displays equality and opportunity." 

Q: What advice would you give to female students who are interested in signing up for the Rugby Academy at Oaklands?

"If you have goals of playing rugby at Premiership or international level, Oaklands Rugby Academy will offer a wide array of support networks which will ensure you grow as a rugby player, as well as give you a real insight as to what it is like being a full-time athlete. 

Q: What is your experience playing within the mixed male and female Rugby Academy? Did it put you off?

"Training with the boys helped me understand more about the men's game and experience the intensity and high speed of play (touch rugby of course!). I felt I was challenged more and that has helped me grow my ability, as well as make some very good friends in the process.

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