New link-up between college and club

THE excellent work carried out by the West Suffolk College Rugby Academy is set to be continued and expanded on after it announced a new partnership with Bury St Edmunds RFC.

The academy will now be run by Bury’s director of coaching, Gavin Hogg, who replaces Nigel Brown, head coach for the last five years.

A spokesman for the college said: “Nigel leaves behind a strong legacy of league and cup success, and a squad of well-disciplined and determined young players.

“This new cooperative venture presents excellent opportunities for both organisations.”

Hogg, who will be coordinating the rugby academy, said: “The rugby club is delighted with this opportunity to further work with the West Suffolk College Rugby Academy, using our extensive knowledge and expertise to help the development of young players at a critical time on their path to maximising their potential and becoming the best players they can be.”


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The rugby academy offers high-level rugby coaching to any student of a suitable playing level at the college, alongside academic study with many choosing a sports-based course.

They then have the challenge of balancing a demanding training and fixture programme with academic study.

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Through the partnership, college students will be able to benefit even more from Bury’s excellent facilities at the Haberden which includes three match-ready pitches and an all-weather surface for community use, not to mention an experienced coaching staff committed to player development.

The rugby academy will continue to play matches during the week and players are encouraged to play for their club sides at weekends.

College principal Dr Ann Williams said: “We are delighted at the opportunity this presents for students at the college and very pleased to build stronger links with our highly regarded local club. We look forward to many more seasons of success.”

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