Wasps Academy Programme

Henley College Coventry- College Partner for Wasps Academy Programme

This new partnership offers a bespoke educational programme which provides learners with a platform to prepare them for a professional rugby career through the guidance of Henley College Coventry an RFU Accredited College and Wasps Academy. 

Based at Henley College Coventry, the rugby programme offers the perfect environment for talented rugby players to combine the highest level of competition with a continued education. Learners will have the opportunity to compete at the very highest level of college sport whilst completing their studies.

Using a structured training and development route, learners are provided with everything they need to be successful at the top level.


The programme constantly strives to ensure the balance between academic achievement and athletic progress is maintained, and although the rugby element is important, it is the academic side of the programme that will always come first. 

Henley College Coventry offers a range of study programmes to suit the learner’s academic standard and alongside their educational programme as part of the rugby programme learners will also cover the following topics:   

  • Technical and Tactical Coaching: with forward thinking, creative and innovative coaches who'll test technical development and understanding of the game.
  • Strength and Conditioning: ensuring learners are prepared for the physical challenge of competition.
  • Physiotherapy: specialists will be on hand with medical support to keep learners at their physical peak.
  • Sports Psychology: developing the ability to cope with pressure when it matters.
  • Sports Nutrition: to ensure learners perform at their best by staying healthy and active. 
  • Performance analysis: technical and tactical elements for performance. 


This programme is the perfect all-round performance package to take learners’ rugby skills to the next level. The level of support offered at Henley College Coventry is designed to mirror a professional rugby club environment. The study programme incorporates weekly training sessions which includes strength and conditioning training, game analysis and fitness testing.It also includes:

  • Weekly fixtures in the AoC Sports Premier League, including cup and 7s competitions.
  • An International tournament: Portugal International U19s Youth Festival in Lisbon.
  • Content and delivery 14 hours per week.


This course provides an educational and player pathway for talented rugby players to progress to Wasps Academy and potentially the Wasps first team. Learners can also progress to higher education study programmes. 

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Wasps Academy Performance Manager Ian Taplin, is looking forward to developing the partnership with Henley College Coventry:

“Now that Wasps Academy are embedded in the local area we are delighted to establish links with local colleges. This partnership will mirror the provision we provide with The Henley College, Henley-on-Thames. These programmes provide terrific chances for young players, allying comprehensive rugby development with academic achievement is key for any young player reaching their potential on and off the pitch. Hopefully this represents another step towards getting local youngsters representing Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.”

Head of Rugby at Henley College Coventry Pete Glackin is delighted to form a partnership with Wasps Academy:

"Henley College Coventry are proud to establish an educational partnership with Wasps Academy. The College has developed a strong foundation within its rugby union programme over the years and becoming an official college partner with Wasps Academy is an exciting opportunity to further develop rugby union players for the future within the City of Coventry. The rugby programme will provide players with a unique academic and rugby playing opportunity and we are delighted to be working with Wasps Academy and look forward to the journey ahead". 


Places on the programme will be offered based on prior experience, a learner’s rugby CV and performance in trials. Academically applicants to Henley College Coventry will be required to meet the entry requirements for the level they are studying. (See side bar link to apply online for the relevant level).

For more information please email the Head of Rugby Pete Glackin, at pglackin@henley-cov.ac.uk