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 aged 11-19 in Sussex.

Over the past five years we have produced six Sussex county players and had 10 Czech, two Georgian, two Lithuanian and three Latvian internationals, and this year we can boast a Netherlands international. We also had a junior selected for the Harlequins development squad.

Buckswood players have regularly played club rugby for Hastings & Bexhill, Tonbridge Juddians, Heathfield and Tunbridge Wells as well as representing top universities’ first teams.

The academy aims to develop all levels of players from complete beginners to those who dream of playing professional rugby. The academy sessions include one-to-ones, skill work, team practices, conditioning and video analysis, and it offers the players the chance to train with top clubs.

The head of the rugby academy is Mr Claughton, whose previous playing experience includes Harlequins, Blackheath and Australian side Warringah Rats; his coaching experience includes Hastings & Bexhill and the Sussex President’s XV (The Martlets).

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

Last season, Buckswood 1st team played 10, winning nine and losing one, while the previous season the 1st team won all 10 fifteen a-side matches, and came second in the Sussex Development 7s competition. We also toured Georgia. Our other age groups won 70% per cent of their fixtures. But most importantly, all age groups played and enjoyed a wide range of matches.

Rugby plays a very big part in many schoolboys’ – and more recently schoolgirls’ – experience at school. It demands timeless qualities: 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)