Rugby Academy Criteria and Standards

Rugby Academy Criteria and Standards 2017/18


Queen's University Rugby Football Club is the rugby union team of Queen's University Belfast. Founded in 1869, it is the second oldest rugby union club in Northern Ireland. They originally played as Queen's College, Belfast and have won the Ulster Senior Cup a record 21 times.

In 1993 when the AIB League was expanded to four divisions with forty six senior clubs, five university clubs, including Queen's, joined the league. Queen's entered Division Four. Since then they played regularly in Division Three and Division Four.

In 2000 they were relegated to the Ulster Senior League but returned to the AIB League two years later. Their senior team will play the 2014-15 season in Division 2A after winning the Ulster Senior cup and Dudley Cup in the 2013-14 season.


The Rugby Academy is designed to focus resources and challenge athletes to maintain performance throughout their time on the programme. While the entry levels for performance programmes are based on current achievements, it is important that we ensure all athletes maintain their focus on individual and team performances throughout the season. Queen’s Sport has now adopted a performance review process in line with the university academic calendar in December and May of each year.


Academy Standard

-          Provincial representative experience at Junior or Senior level

-          Proven record at School’s Cup level

-          Age grade representation at national level

-          Established club player at Senior level

-          Proven record of success at competitive level

The Sports Development Team at Queen’s Sport will be co-ordinating the support structure for all scholarship recipients and aim to make this achievement as beneficial as possible. This award entitles you to a number of benefits, which are coordinated by the Head Rugby Coach. You will be required to follow the training programme maintain the Academy performance standards as set out by the Head Rugby Coach.


Each full academy member will be supported in the following:


-          Personal, specific athletic development programmes throughout the season

-          Academic mentoring and flexibility with course requirements

-          Lifestyle and time management mentoring

-          Physiotherapy and sports medicine support on a needs analysis

-          All-inclusive membership to all indoor and outdoor sports facilities at Queen’s Sport

-          Bespoke training and leisure clothing

-          Bespoke, personal Sports nutrition advice and supplements where applicable

-          Degree Plus accreditation (route A) upon full completion of Academy programme


Sub Academy Standard


Queen’s Sport recognises that some athletes on the Performance Pathway may not meet all of the full academy criteria. Those who meet the below will be considered for the Rugby Sub Academy:


-          First XV player in competitive school’s rugby

-          School’s Cup rugby experience

-          Aspirations to become first XV player in All Ireland League for QUB


Inherent in the Academy structure within Queen’s Sport is the opportunity for Sub Academy athletes to achieve Academy status over the course of the year and to avail of the additional benefits that entails.  Each Sub Academy member will benefit as follows:


-            Complimentary Off-Peak Membership to the PEC sports facilities at Queen’s Sport

-            Specific athletic development programmes throughout the season constituent of gym and water based components

-            The potential to move to Academy status dependant on performance within the club

-            Opportunity to apply for support through individual aspects of Academy programmes, to be considered on merit and performance

-            Opportunity to avail of Queen’s Sport tutored programmes


Queen’s Sport Athlete Pathway

 All athletes on Academy programmes should be committed to the training and testing protocols as specified by the Head Rugby Coach and within the performance pathway of your sport. The Queen’s Sport Pathways have been carefully designed to help recognise your achievements and commitment to your sport but also challenge you as an athlete to reach stretched targets within your sport.


Queen’s Sport Development adopts an open and supportive environment to help students achieve their academic and sporting goals. Regular review and mentoring meetings will occur with the Head Rugby Coach along with other Queen’s Sport Performance Staff to help you maintain high standards in both programmes and aims to provide personal development on all aspects of your sporting and academic performance.

 University and Community Engagement

Rugby Academy athletes are considered leaders within their peer environments and ambassadors for Queen’s Sport and the University. You are selected with this in mind and will occasionally be asked to fulfil some duties in this regard – photo shoots, meet and greet, etc.

This will also include engagement in community and club coaching programmes which are facilitated at the PEC and the Queen’s Sport boat house across the academic year. You will be expected to volunteer for coaching in these programmes in each semester as they arise.