BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academies

The BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academies have been set up to produce a consistent flow of high quality players and coaches to ensure the future success of the game in Scotland. The four academies spread across the country and each serves a particular region.

Scottish Rugby Academy Players

The main objectives of the programme are to:

  • Raise the standard of elite players flowing into pro rugby, international rugby and the top level of the club game
  • Increase the speed at which elite players progress through the system
  • Support the development of the person as well as the player
  • Improve the standard of performance coaches within Scotland
  • Increase the number of home grown coaches able to progress to the highest levels of the game

Academy Locations

BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, Caledonia

Venue: Hillhead Centre, Aberdeen and Aberdeen Sports Village
Partners – Aberdeen University and Aberdeen Sports Village 

BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, Glasgow & The West

Venue: Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Partners – North Lanarkshire Leisure Trust

Edinburgh Napier logoBT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, Edinburgh

Venue: Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus
Partners – Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh City Council (Edinburgh Leisure)

BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, Borders & East Lothian

Venue: Netherdale Campus, Galashiels
Partners – Borders College, Heriot Watt University, Borders Sports and Leisure Trust, Borders Council

Academy Development Stages

Stage 1 - Early Talent Identification

Regionally selected and regionally supported players

Under 14 and Under 15 players invited to attend regional skills camps and local pathway sessions/matches as an initial Academy selection process.

Stage 2 - Player Membership Terms

Nationally selected and regionally supported players

Selected as having the potential to play professional rugby or influence the future success of Scotland Women’s rugby. Players will be managed by Scottish Rugby through the Academy Membership Terms and supported regionally within the Academy structure.

Stage 3 - Player Contract

Nationally selected and regionally supported players

Players selected by Scottish Rugby and supported through the Academy based on Academy Membership Terms but who are also separately contracted by Scottish Rugby and aligned to one of our professional clubs and supported regionally within the Academy structure.