The rugby academy is open to anyone to join; however, potential players must be fit, motivated, brave and be able to endure various weather conditions.The academy trains four days a week: three mid-week sessions (1hr 30 minutes) and a Saturday session (2hrs 30 minutes) . The sessions are mainly team and squad based, but contact is split into age groups and there are gym and one-to-one sessions too.
Sessions are a mix of core skills in a contact and non-contact environment, with a variety of skill-based games.We aim to play between five and ten matches per year, and we put forward our more talented and ambitious players for representative rugby – we have had five boys selected for Sussex over the last three years, and this year one of our former players has represented Poland, another is playing professional rugby in France, while one of our current players is part of the Harlequins set-up and another one is having trials for Spain.We have produced Georgian, Czech, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Dutch internationals and we encourage our students to play for their countries and play club and university rugby.The rugby academy is a demanding set-up, but the core values of fair-play, respect and teamwork are constantly promoted and reminded about.
Although a relatively small school, we do have an impressive rugby history – we tour Georgia annually, and came runner-ups in a 7s tournament there as well as playing the top Tbilisi club sides.
We were unbeaten in our 2018/19 season winning 10 out of 10 and the following season we won 9 out of 10 matches. We have finished runner-ups (twice) in the Sussex development 7s, and our Old Boys team reached the final of the Hastings and Bexhill 7s a few years ago.
We have reached semi-finals and finals in a number of regional competitions, but we are still awaiting an elusive title or trophy; however all our age groups compete and we have internal matches as well as fixtures against other schools, colleges and clubs.
We make sure that Buckswood rugby is a positive and learning environment for everyone.
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 foreverJankauskas (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)