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  • Maple Leaf Academy

    The Rugby Canada Maple Leaf Academy serves to facilitate the Development of future Olympians and National Team Athletes. Aspiring female athletes from across the country are recruited through various talent identification pathways, coming together to train full time in Rugby Canada's high-performance environment at the Al Charron National Training Centre in Langford, BC. 

    Targeting athletes between the ages of 18-22 yrs of age, the Maple Leaf Academy exists to provide an environment that supports up-and-coming female rugby players in achieving their aspirations of competing for the National Senior Women’s teams, and winning gold medals at the Olympic Games.  We believe that we give athletes the best opportunity to achieve these goals when we work ethically and with integrity to develop the holistic athlete. Through three key principles of Growth Mindset, Personal Accountability and Community, staff deliver a comprehensive 10-month program comprised of: strength and conditioning, speed, skill, strategy, video review, nutrition, medical support, athletic therapy, leadership and life skills development and more!

    KEY DATES:

    • March 17, 2021-22: Application Link Open

    • April 7, 2021: Application Link Closes

    • April 7 - 28, 2021: Shortlist Interviews/Site visits

    • April 3, 2021: Letter of Invitation for 2021-22 Season

    • May – July, 2021: Completion of Intake & Orientation Deliverables

    • Sept. 6, 2021: 2021-22 MAPLE LEAF ACADEMY LAUNCH (Quarter 1 Assessments)

    • September - November, 2021: Training & Participation in Regional Scrimmages & Tournaments (TBC)

    • December, 2021: Quarterly Assessment – 2 of 4

    • *Winter Break: (2-3 weeks TBC)*

    • January, 2022: Resume Training

    • February, 2022: Western Championships (TBC) & Quarterly Assessment – 3 of 4 

    • March, 2022: Vancouver Invitational Sevens (TBC)

    • *Spring Break (1 week TBC)*

    • May, 2022: Langford Next Gen Sevens (TBC) & Quarterly Assessment – 4 of 4 

    • May 27th, 2022: LAST DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING 

    CONTACT:

    Applications for the 2021-2022 Maple Leaf Academy Intake are now being accepted via this APPLICATION FORM

    General information about the Maple Leaf program can be found in the attached Info Document.

    For more program information please contact Kristy Martin Hale - Coordinator, Women’s High Performance.

    *Note* - The initial round of application review will commence after the indicated April 7th  deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based on available space. 

  • RUGBY CANADA DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

    The Rugby Canada Development Academy serves to facilitate the development of future National Team Athletes. Aspiring female athletes in established regions are recruited through various talent identification pathways, coming together to train part time in various high-performance training HUBS. Currently RCDA operates training hubs in Toronto, Guelph and Ottawa.

    Targeting athletes between the ages of 15-18 yrs of age, the RCDA exists to provide an environment that supports up-and-coming female rugby players in achieving their aspirations of competing for the National Senior Women’s teams. We believe that we give athletes the best opportunity to achieve these goals when we work ethically and with integrity to develop the holistic athlete. Through three key principles of Growth Mindset, Personal Accountability and Community, staff deliver a comprehensive, part time 10-month program comprised of: strength and conditioning, speed, skill, strategy, video review, nutrition, medical support, athletic therapy, leadership and life skills development.

    KEY DATES:

    • August 2021 – Application for 2021-22 CSA Opens
    • Sept. 2021 – CSA 2021-22 Season Launch
    • Sept – Dec. Training & Participation in Regional Scrimmages & Tournaments (TBC)
    • Dec. Quarterly Assessment – 2 of 4
    • *Winter Break (2-3 weeks TBC) *
    • Jan – Resume Training
    • Feb - Regional Championships (TBC) & Quarterly Assessment – 3 of 4 
    • March - Vancouver Invitational Sevens (TBC)
    • *Spring Break (1 week TBC) *
    • May - Langford Next Gen Sevens (TBC) & Quarterly Assessment – 4 of 4 
    • June - LAST DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING 

    CONTACT

    For more program information please contact Sandro Fiorino, Lead Coach RCDA 

  • PACIFIC PRIDE ACADEMY

    Pacific Pride Academy is a national high-performance men’s program, led by head coach Jamie Cudmore, aimed at preparing young emerging Canadian players for professional rugby at the highest level. Learn more about the Pacific Pride Academy by clicking HERE.

    CONTACT

    For more program information, please contact Jamie Cudmore or Paul-Henri van Thiel