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You will experience between 8-10hrs per week of skills-based training from professionals in the game.

Our highly experienced Rugby coaches and staff share your passion for Sport and have been involved in the game at some of the highest achievable levels themselves - from players, to coaches to managers. This places them in an unparalleled position to help students develop their skill, equip them with the right, positive attitude, and mind-set to overcome challenges and to teach them invaluable skills and qualities they can use throughout their lives. 

Our advanced coaching programmes, both indoor and outdoor cover strength and conditioning, technical, tactical, physical, psychological, and social development, and individual performance analysis.

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This is an unparalleled opportunity for students with a keen and active interest in rugby or sport more broadly. Be it as a relative beginner or as a former academy player capable of playing at semi-professional and elite levels.

The Rugby programme is based across two sites, Magnus CoE Academy and the Newark Rugby Club. Having recently undergone a £1.2 million pound redevelopment, students benefit from some of the best rugby club facilities in the East Midlands.


Designed to support your current club commitments and development as a player, rugby students play regular friendlies, both home and away, as part of the AoC Sport East Midlands Rugby League.  This extra time and support in training will allow students to flourish at club/county level and higher.


Training will focus on personal performance and development, including those areas listed below. The prom frame is run similar to the elite player development groups as our coaches have worked in this format across county, regional and club level in the Midlands.

Individual skill development

Game sense

Position specific strength and conditioning

Contact work

Tactical organisation

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Speed and reaction


Rehabilitation sessions including yoga and foam rolling

Free match and training kit

Industry accredited awards - RFU L1 coaching or refereeing  

L3 Award in emergency first Aid

Sports Nutrition advice 

Performance analysis

High-profile, guest coaches and speakers from across the sports industry

Tailored enrichment trips and workshops

Primary school coaching sessions

There are no fees to join the academy and we offer a travel bursary for students joining us from further afield. 



All YCDS coaches are enhanced DBS checked, safeguard trained and former elite athletes in their sport, with considerable youth coaching experience.

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Calvin Beech

Head Rugby Coach

Calvin has 20 years coaching experience working in the independent schools sector, with Leicester Tigers’ Elite Player Development Group and more recently England Women.

Calvin has a 1st class honours degree in Human Biology, is a Sports Coaching Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University and is working towards his RFU Level 3 Award.


Mike Lowery

Guest Rugby Coach

RFU L2 Coach
Former Director of Rugby at a large international private school in Dubai
Assistant Coach Mansfield RFC
Head Women's Coach Dubai Hurricanes.


David Cotton Betteridge

Guest Rugby Coach

David Cotton Betteridge has over 10 years rugby coaching experience, most recently working for the RFU in the role of Community Rugby Coach supporting clubs and schools across the NLD.  He has a background in Sports Science, and personal training and is currently an RFU level 2 Rugby Coach. David is also a Sports Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University.


Joe Heyes

YCDS Rugby Ambassador

Tighthead prop for Leicester Tigers

International selection with England Under-18s, playing in all nine fixtures in 2017 including the tour to South Africa.

Played in the 2018 Under-20s Six Nations as one of the youngest members of the squad.

Went to the World Junior Championship in France, playing in every round including the Final, and repeated the feat in the summer of 2019, scoring a try in the fifth-placed final win over Wales.

in 2019/20, he was among 12 uncapped players called into an England training camp.


We host annual trials and open days for the Academy, which enable you to meet the team, see the facilities and enjoy a free coaching session. 

If you wish to attend one of those listed below, please contact us to express your interest and confirm your attendance. 



 “I want to wish Newark Rugby Club the best of luck with their new collaboration with Magnus School. Rugby has the power to inspire but more importantly to provide vital life skills to prepare young people for the next step.”
Lewis Moody MBE, Former England International

"I’m delighted the club is starting its own ruby academy to give new opportunities to young people in the town and surrounding area. As a former player at the club, I remember very affectionately my time at the club and how it helped launch my professional rugby career. I look forward to supporting the initiative and following its progress."
Dusty Hare, Former England International

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