Want to take the next step in your Rugby Union career?
The IAS Rugby Union Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented players by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September. However, there is a heavier focus on the program from September through to April. The aim of the program is to provide additional skill development on top of club, representative or school-based training.
The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:
Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into NSW State Teams
Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any NSW State Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in Rugby competitions nationwide
Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.
Tony Leeder-Smith, Head Coach
Ian Westwood, Assistant Coach
Scott Hatch, Assistant Coach
Grace Blackmore, Manager
*Rugby squad is not finalised until approved by IAS Board. Additional athletes may be added following an on-field trial.
Strength & Conditioning
To be eligible for an IAS Rugby Union Scholarship, athletes must:
Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee; and Wollondilly, Camden & Campbelltown
Be a registered member of Illawarra Rugby Union
Selection of athletes will be based upon the assessment that the player is an emerging talented rugby player of Illawarra representation level with the aim of achieving Country representative level or above
Athlete age requirements:
Boys born in 2006-2008
Girls born in 2004-2008
2021/22 Rugby Union
Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;
Demonstrate potential to be selected for Regional, NSW Country or Higher within 12 months
Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in rugby
Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence
NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS Rugby Squad.
Applications Close: 15 September 2021
Selections will be made through an automatic qualification and interview process.
The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.
Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS Rugby squad uniform.