To be the best, you’ve got to train with the best. The Buckswood Rugby Academy delivers top quality coaching in every aspect of this very British Sport in a very British School. First class training and education in one...

The Buckswood rugby academy is a successful and popular programme designed to improve and develop talented rugby players 11-19 in Sussex.

Over the last five years we have produced four Sussex players and had 10 Czech, 2 Georgian, 2 Lithuanian and 1 Latvian internationals.

Buckswood players have also played senior rugby for Hastings & Bexhill, Rye and Cranbrook as well as representing top universities’ first teams.

The academy is linked with Natal Sharks academy and we have regular input from their coaches, while our players have the opportunity to attend camps overseas, including in South Africa.

The head of the rugby academy is Kit Claughton, who’s previous playing experience includes Harlequins, Blackheath and Australian side Warringah Rats; his coaching experience includes Hastings & Bexhill and the Sussex Martlets.

The academy will accept players of all standards but all must have the following attributes: a great attitude, ability to play and train in all conditions, a good level of fitness and the most important skill, to be an excellent team member.

Rugby plays a very big part in many schoolboys’ and, recently, schoolgirls’ experience at school – it demands respect on and off the pitch, the referee has to be politely addressed as “sir” or “ma’am,” and a tunnel is made after the game to clap the opposition through – as the famous tongue-in-cheek quote goes: “it is a game for ruffians, played by gentlemen.”

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Don’t just take our word for it, the students feedback says it all…

Buckswood gave me a lot of experience starting with my rugby career. I met lots of good players from all around the world that became my good friends. Rugby at Buckswood was an amazing experience that will remain with me forever

Jankauskas (Lithuania and Sharks’ youth clubs U18)

Buckswood gave me a lot of experience not only in rugby as itself, but it has improved my language and changed my point of view of the world. I’m glad that I could be a part of Buckswood and I will never forget that.

Masek (Czech U18)

The time I spent in Buckswood and the rugby academy as a hooker, taught me a lot about sportsmanship, attitude and passion as I learned from our coaches.

Neuhofer (Czech U19)