HOW DO I GET INTO THE ACADEMY?
The RFU have strict regulations for England premiership academies, which is designed for each premiership club have ‘designated areas’ for their academy. Our designated areas, are the following 3 counties: Essex, Herts & Kent, these regulations are set in place to stop other clubs poaching players at any age and encourage all clubs to produce ‘homegrown players’. If you are not in the Saracens region please refer to the regional map to see what region you are in click here.
If you are in our region, our full-time academy staff watch a lot of school, club, county and representative games. We also have a network of teachers and coaches around the region and in various sectors of the game keeping a look out for potential talent for us. Outside of this, anyone can nominate a player to us if they feel they are capable of becoming an elite performer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominated players will be added to a regional database and once they achieve a certain number of independent nominations they will be viewed for a potential invite into the Academy. Our message to all aspiring players is to concentrate on playing well for your team and enjoying your rugby because if you are doing this you give yourself the best chance of being identified by the Academy.
WHO WILL I PLAY FOR?
We have an A Team (Saracens Storm) that competes against other Premiership clubs in the Premiership shield competition. This team consists of predominantly 1st XV and Senior Academy players. We also have an U18 Team that plays in an U18 Academy League against other Premiership clubs as well as an U16 and U15 teams that participate in various Academy festivals against other Premiership clubs. None of these teams have a full fixture list so all Academy players will have an external playing programme for other teams, whether it be their club, school, college, university or county. All Academy players have a bespoke playing programme tailored to their individual development needs.