All our professional coaches have elite-level sport experience and applicants to academy programmes must demonstrate a level or achievement or potential at regional or national level in their chosen sport.

The aim is to provide students with the best possible environment to achieve their sporting ambitions and our academies are some of the top performing anywhere in the country.

Academy players receive technical and tactical field sessions, strength and conditioning, video analysis, team meetings and various additional sessions to improve their knowledge and performance.

Students on any course can apply for a place with one of the sports academies. Get in touch with us to let us know that you're interested and a member of the relevant coaching team will be in touch once your application has been submitted.

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Taking care of our players

Ensuring our players are in the best physical condition they can be is really important to us. That's why we have dedicated staff working on everything from injury prevention to mobility sessions.

Sports Therapist

Bishop Burton College has a full-time Sports Therapist, Lydia Smith, who has a BSc in Sports Therapy and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

Lydia offers injury diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation to get our students back in the game. In addition, she can support students by developing training programmes and helping them in the gym.

The college also runs injury prevention, yoga and mobility sessions.


Physiotherapist Sarah Hattee, from Yorkshire Carnegie, provides additional support to the AASE Rugby Union team three times a week.

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