Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Rugby - a new option for education after 16

The RFUW today announced the creation of a new Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) scheme, for women, which will be run by Hartpury College, where Joe is currently a student.

This will be a "pilot" scheme, suppported by RFUW,  Hartpury College and Gloucester Rugby Club, aimed at developing talented rugby players, "providing them with the best chance possible to become selected to represent their country at senior level whilst also gaining important academic qualifications", according the the RFUW's press release.

Joe has provided more detail and says that it is a further education/college course - so academically the same sort of level as the course that Lissell and Hayley at Shuttleworth - and so as well as a qualification in itself it can also provide a pathway to a higher education course.

Successful applicants will combine studying at Hartpury (either relevent A-levels or a National Diploma in Sport) with between 16 - 20 hours of rugby and atheletic development each week. This will be a combination of weight training, speed training, skill development and analysis, game time, conditioning and structured rugby sessions. Several of of Joe's county and region players have already successfully applications for the sceme Joe says it is proving very popular.

More information about Hartpury can be found here, the AASE course here,  and the the aase in women's rugby here.

The AASE co-ordinator at Hartpury is Barry Maddocks (who is also the RFUW CCO for the SWN region), and he can be contacted at if anyone has any queries about the programme. Or why not ask Joe next time you see him? 

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