Here at Bishop Burton College we are a full-time rugby academy with full-time coaches. The squad trains four days a week, with Thursday being a full academic day and recovery. The rugby academy players have access to strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, plunge pools, video analysis and nutrition advice.

The Bishop Burton College rugby programme has over 90 players (male and female) spread across four teams at both under 18 and over 18 age groups. The women’s rugby team compete within the Association of Colleges (AoC) competition as well as organised fixtures against teams within and outside the Yorkshire region. We also compete in the AoC and Rosslyn Park National 7s. These two competitions bring together teams from all over England and Europe and allow our students to engage closely with other rugby playing environments.

Our students come from all different clubs as well as Centre of Excellence hubs after being identified as promising and aspiring young rugby players. We have a number of players representing their chosen counties of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland and Cumbria, currently in our women’s rugby programme.

Our coaches pride themselves in pushing our players to reach their potential and make representative sides throughout their time here. As part of their journey, the players must uphold high standards with their academic studies as well and this is monitored weekly.

Our students enjoy success at a high level, including County, North England, Talent Development Group (TDG), Centre of Excellence (CoE), England U20s, England 7s and England EPS.

While at Bishop Burton, players are able to improve and develop their all round game, game understanding, physical aspects and basic skills. They are also able to reach their academic potential and develop into confident young adults.

Players can study a range of subjects at college and university level, including a dedicated BTEC Level 3 in Sport for academy students. This is the equivalent of studying three A Levels and provides access to degree programmes. More than 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities each year.

With access to top class facilities and elite level coaching, there is no better place than Bishop Burton to play rugby. 

Meet the Coach

Braydon Peterson

Braydon was previously Women's Rugby Development Manager at Taranki Rugby in New Zealand, focusing on high-performance and strength and conditioning. He is passionate about player development and promoting high-performance training habits with his athletes.

Braydon Peterson, Head of Women's Rugby at Bishop Burton College, kneeling with rugby balls on pitch

Entry Criteria

Applicants to the rugby academy must demonstrate rugby ability and have played the game at club or school level before. Players must also study a course at Bishop Burton College.

Players with any representative background are highly encouraged to apply, stating their honours. We may be able to support you with a scholarship.

Training Sessions

We train every day except for Thursday. Monday and Tuesday is strength-based, followed by rugby training. Wednesday is a game day. If there isn’t a game, we focus on conditioning, rugby training and skills. Friday is dedicated to fitness and rugby training.

In a general week, players get up to four hours of rugby training, two hours of strength and one hour of skills. We also provide nutritional and lifestyle sessions throughout the year to help all players.

Student Success


England 7s, England U20s and England EPS,Lancashire County, North Rugby, Talent Development Group. Rachael Woosey is a BSc Sports Coaching graduate, having started at Bishop Burton with college-level study. She also gained her AASE qualification. During five years with the rugby academy, Rachael progressed significantly as a person and a player. As a result, Rachael earned her England 7s debut in Sydney on the World Series Circuit.

Bishop Burton has given me so many opportunities and has really helped me to improve. It has been an experience and a half, really. From day one, everyone has been a real help. I’ve had a lot of guidance from my coaches to help me get to the levels I’ve got to, and the facilities here are amazing – you can’t fault them. My degree has complemented my playing really well and I’ve really enjoyed my time here.


Bishop Burton College is a training hub for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks Women’s team who play in the Tyrrell’s Women’s Premiership.

The Tyrell’s Premiership is the highest level of women’s club rugby in the country. This allows our students the opportunity to play club rugby at the top level and push to be in the elite England Rugby pathway.

The college also works closely with local community clubs Hull Ionians, Beverley RFC and Driffield RFC to support the women’s rugby academy through guest coaching sessions, O2 Touch, Young Officials and Inner Warrior programmes.

“As a club we are delighted to be working with Bishop Burton College. They have a fantastic set up as well as a proven track record of developing quality rugby players. The partnership adds to our existing player pathways at the club and I’m sure it will help provide great opportunities for young female rugby players.”

Danny Brown, Director of Rugby, Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.

How to Apply

Players can apply for any course at Bishop Burton College and University Centre and then be considered for the Women’s Rugby Academy. Being a residential student is also recommended, but not essential.

To find out more about the Women’s Rugby Academy, please email Braydon Peterson – Head of Women’s Rugby –

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