Rugby Union Academy

Thinking of coming to KEC and want to play sport alongside your academic studies? Then the Sports Academy is for you!

The King Edward VI College Sports Academy is a development scheme dedicated to sports training and education. Each academy is designed to give aspiring young players the chance to develop their skills through high quality day time coaching whilst also gaining recognised sport-related academic qualifications.

The Rugby Union Academy development scheme is in partnership with Nuneaton Rugby Football Club which enables talented 16 – 19 year olds who aspire to develop opportunities in Rugby Union. Students on the Academy receive training from experienced RFU qualified coaches with a minimum Level 2 coaching award, many with professional playing experience. The Rugby Academy team will compete in the AoC Regional League and national Cups on Wednesday afternoons and train on Friday morning’s.
Students may have the opportunity to be entered on to the RFU Rugby Level 1 coaching award.

How does the Academy work?

Academy players will have a timetable with the coaching and playing sessions built in. This enables students to study on a full-time vocational course and play for the Academy team without having to miss key lecture time.


You can select from any of the Sport related courses below which complement the practical aspects of the programme. They support the students in developing their knowledge in many areas and the skills that will enable them to progress into Higher Education or a career playing/ working in the sport industry.

Qualifications that can be undertaken as part of the programme:

BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport
BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport2.


Enrolment onto any of the Academies is free but students will be expected to purchase College Sport kit needed for their academic courses. College will heavily subsidise entry onto the NGB level 1 coaching courses if selected, but students will be expected to make a contribution of £50. Student bursaries are available for those who qualify.

Why choose the King Edward VI Sport Academy?

King Edward VI College is excited with the growth and success of the Sports Academies over recent years. They successfully combine academic qualifications with high quality day time coaching fully integrated into the student’s programme of study. Partnership with the local clubs, superb training and playing facilities and highly qualified coaches allow the development of each player’s potential as well as a progression route into youth and adult sport.  The College has experienced staff delivering the academic courses, enabling students to gain Level 2 and 3 qualifications as well.