Bristol Rugby Apprentice:
The Bristol Rugby Apprenticeship (AASE Scheme) is a recent addition to the RFU Elite player pathway. The AASE programme is the preferred route for local and talented 16-19 year olds within full time education. The initiative has been put together by the RFU Elite department in conjunction with the RFU Academy network.
What Is The AASE Programme:
The Bristol Rugby Apprenticeship programme is run in partnership with Filton College. Players study full-time at the College (eg. 3 A-levels or a Btec level 3 Diploma) and are integrated into the college rugby training and playing model, boasting 15-hours a week of contact with full time coaches, conditioning staff, sports scientists and physiotherapists. The Bristol Academy staff and college assessors then monitor both academic progress and rugby development using an NVQ Level 3 in Sporting Excellence as a vehicle.
Who Can Access The Model?
The Bristol Rugby Apprenticeship Scheme is designed for those local players who are talented enough from the Bristol Combination, Bristol Schools County Programme, Bristol Schools of Rugby and the Bristol Academy EPDG.
In recent years, several have gone onto sign academy contracts with Bristol Rugby and others have signed academy contracts with different clubs with Bristol’s blessing, having been released or exited from the academy pathway. Players who have recently come through this route and are currently in Andy Robinson’s Championship squad include Nick Carpenter, Ben Glynn and Mitch Eadie.
How Do I Become An Apprentice?
If you are a talented 16 or 17 year old you can apply directly to the college and enter the trial system. For more information or to register an interest you can contact George Tavner (Bristol AASE Manager) or Mike Hall (Bristol Academy Manager).
You can also visit the Filton College website for more information.