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Player Pathway Partnerships
13 March, 2019 14:16
There has been some speculation on another thread about the Bath Rugby Academy and status of players in Bath's U18 and other squads who do not appear on the Offy's Academy Team listing.

Here is a recent update from Bath Rugby on the Pathway Partnerships, development of young players and the part played by Academy manager Andy Rock.

"Investing in our people, in the City of Bath.

The Bath Rugby partnership programmes that exist with the University of Bath and Beechen Cliff School have achieved some landmark outcomes this season so far, and the experiences gained from those players and staff involved are important for us to recognise.

Whilst both partnerships are relatively young, our commitment to develop our people and home grown players relies heavily on our investment in these partnerships, alongside our wider player pathway and relationships with clubs and schools across our region. As a rugby organisation, investing in our people is key and we will continue to invest time and energy into those who can contribute to the successful future that we all want to build. 2018 has certainly seen some positive signs emerge around our approach to investing in player development and partnerships in our City, with the second half of the season providing some exciting opportunities to further embed this approach.

University of Bath Partnership.

Some memorable moments from 2018 should serve as a source of both confidence and motivation for 2019, as the first half of the season has seen the first XV squad at the University beat title contenders Hartpury both home and away, and stay on course to make a push for the playoffs in the closing stages of the season.

The University coaching programme which is lead by Bath Academy Coaches Mark Lilley and Louis Messer has clear links to the club, and the ways within which we see our game developing. Senior Academy players are gaining much needed and well directed development opportunities in a competitive environment. There have been 11 players from the Academy represent the University so far this season within the Super Rugby competition, and the shared experiences we are seeing these players and coaches gain are incredibly powerful.

Players such as Miles Reid, Kieran Verden and Arthur Cordwell are progressing their game and their performances across a number of environments, with the Premiership Shield and Premiership Cup being important aspects of their playing programmes, but the platform of the University programme, with consistent competition and coaching opportunities provides a crucial platform for them to develop as young forwards. Their time in our full time environment at Farleigh House, with our first team can be punctuated by periods of time within the University programme, alongside their studies, but under the guidance of Head of Rugby at the University, Aaron James and our own pathway coaches, we expect them to come back better prepared for the demands of the professional game.

2019 will offer the same opportunities for a whole host of players, with the BUCS Super Rugby programme kicking off again at the end of January.

Academy Pathway Coach Mark Lilley, who leads the Forwards and Defence coaching for the Super Rugby programme at the University sees the second half of the season as a huge opportunity, he said:

“There’s a great platform for all players within the programme including those from our Senior Academy to really take 2019 on and to drive their performances, it’s a really exciting time for the partnership. There is a reality that players like Kieran as a young tighthead prop, and Tom Doughty as a hooker for example, they need game time and the competition gives them the chances to learn and improve, but we all want to see them push on with the club into next season, and we expect them to lead us through what they deliver on the field moving into the second half of the season”

Beechen Cliff Partnership

The Beechen Cliff team, who play in the RFU AASE competition had a memorable start to their 2018 campaign, with 9 bonus point wins from as many games on their way to the AASE final against Hartpury College. After comprehensively beating their final opponents in the regular season, they finished with a narrow 20-26 defeat at Allianz park, a result which finished their season on a disappointing note.

The Bath Rugby partnership at Beechen Cliff has however set the scene for an exciting start to 2019 as the Premiership U18 Academy season gets under way. The experiences gained and progress made from within this group should be seen as a great platform to keep building upon.

Academy Manager Andy Rock said:

"The amount of young players that we have had working together within the programme has been a real positive, and remains to be one of the strengths of our partnership at Beechen Cliff. We’ve seen them grow as a group of young men and really kick on individually and as a team. The result in the final must serve as a platform for them to continue to learn and develop, I’m not sure that an unbeaten season would actually have represented the best thing , as we are hoping to prepare them to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them to be successful in the future, and there’s still a lot for us all to learn”

“Ryan Davis has done a great job there this year along with our wider staff working across strength and conditioning and physiotherapy, and alongside Beechen Cliff Head of Rugby Sean Turner. To see some of our best young coaches and staff developing alongside the playing group there has been a real bonus.

Bath Academy have a succession of games in January against Premiership opposition. A strong contingent of payers from Bath Rugby's partnership programme at Beechen Cliff will team up with some of the other the best players from across our region, with players from the likes of KES Bath, Marlborough College, Millfield, Sherborne and Bishop’s Wordsworth School amongst others having representation within Bath Rugby’s U18 squad.

"We’re looking forward to seeing Ryan move forwards into the U18 Academy League season, and working with a broader group of young men from across our region, and from other schools now moving into 2019 and continuing his focus on developing players for the future” added Rock.

Hope that helps to clarify!

PG

 
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Re: Player Pathway Partnerships
13 March, 2019 15:26
Is there a list of youngsters on these Player Pathway Partnerships PGT and how does this sit with the academy. Is it like an additional feeder?

What I mean is, is this a scholarship meaning that academy membership is automatic?

Finally how did the current academy members get there?



Darren Atkins Age 21 years, Fullback, 6 ft 1 in, 13 st 4 lbs. Sadly injured for the rest of the season!

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Re: Player Pathway Partnerships
13 March, 2019 15:58
Not sure I can definitively answer those specifics shipwrecked, but am hoping to get more detail, which, when I have I will share with this board.

What I think is implicit in Offy items about the Uni, U18 & Beechen performances is that players within those groups are Academy members (or potential Academy members) who will be offered full time Academy contracts when ready ( & of a legal age to sign) - assuming they remain fit and in form.

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Re: Player Pathway Partnerships
13 March, 2019 15:59
On your 3rd question sw- how do they get there?

I assume through scouting and referrals by schools/club youth sections in the Academy catchment area.

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Re: Player Pathway Partnerships
13 March, 2019 16:18
That would be great PGT, you do wonder how many kids miss the talent escalator because they are in schools that are geographically disfavoured or not recognised rugby establishments.



Darren Atkins Age 21 years, Fullback, 6 ft 1 in, 13 st 4 lbs. Sadly injured for the rest of the season!

https://i.ibb.co/sbQsmcr/darren-atkins-5.jpg

 
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Re: Player Pathway Partnerships
13 March, 2019 17:02
You do indeed..

In theory youth club rugby should help bring them to notice (although in areas of sparse interest in rugby that is clearly unlikely).

Certainly when I was involved in coaching at Bath Youth we had boys from schools not noted for rugby - including some that did not play the game at all. These included schools outside Bath- Bradford -on-Avon, Keynsham, Melksham, Chippenham among others.

In Bath's catchment area, Walcot & Keynsham (both strong) fielded mostly state school boys. There were some strong teams in Dorset as well.

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Re: Player Pathway Partnerships
17 March, 2019 16:17
6 Bath u18s in the team today:

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And win 36-21

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[Adoptee 18/19: Man Mountain Dave Attwood, back in the BB&W and ready to smash]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 17/03/2019 16:36 by BathMatt53.


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