Academy Membership Renewal Information

Academy Membership Renewal Information

Membership forms for the 2016-17 are readily available from Bruce Ruthven, Ralph Campbell & Jimmy Moran and can be downloaded HERE

Dear Parent/Guardian

We are continuing to enhance from the success of last season’s Academy to give players further opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge within the game in a measured environment with player welfare at the forefront of individual development. New initiatives for next season will include medical screening for all players at the start and end of the season and more specialised video analysis sessions. Specialist skill sessions, Performance workshops, and top flight fixtures form a large content of the season plan. The season plan will be available for interested players and parents by the start of May. The academy had over seventy youngsters involved last season, ending in a tour to Dublin which capped of a very memorable season for all players.

The academy acts as a youth section continuation from the lion’s mini section providing a rugby programme to ensure each player receives a well-balanced season plan and carefully targeted support. Players who do not attend SMC are very welcome to join the Academy.

The Academy’s world class structure will consist of high quality input from top level coaches, former & current professional players and cover on-field and off-field activity. Please note that the Academy will be open to all players who would like to commit to the programme and is coordinated with the SRU’s pathway programme and Long Term Player Development (“LTPD”) principles.

One of the Club’s most famous former players, Finlay Calder (Scotland and British Lion), has pledged his support for the Academy: 
‘’ The Academy has turned out to be one of the real success stories at Inverleith both on and off the field. Having enjoyed one of your lunches in the Clubhouse it was abundantly clear that everyone had embraced and run with the concept and although much credit must go to Bruce, equally so should credit go all the coaches, mums, dads, guardians et al who have driven the ambition forward…..
…..From overnight camps, specialist skills, performance workshops and to games, there has been an enormous enthusiasm, rekindling all that is great in our game. Above all else that rugby brings, friendship has to be its finest asset, and for young folk to feel part of something that is very precious. May I take this opportunity to not only thank everyone involved but equally so, to congratulate everyone involved on a job well done!”

SMC Head of Games Jimmy Moran comments;
“The first year of the Academy has been a major success. The season has been well planned, providing boys with information on a range of performance related areas, as well as having the opportunity to improve their skills. They have also had the chance to play games against high quality opposition. This has all been done with player welfare in mind – fitting in with a busy school programme to ensure that players are not exposed to too much contact, whilst also allowing them to continue their rugby education on a Sunday. With over 70 members I have been delighted by the uptake and would definitely encourage the boys to be involved in what has become a very highly quality programme.”

Colin Thomson, SRU Head of Schools & Youth Rugby states;
“Scottish Rugby advocates that through their secondary school years players experience a balanced programme of development in line with our Long Term Player Development Strategy. The “Stewarts Melville Academy” ensures that the school, club and the parent work together around getting it right for the child as they progress in their rugby. This approach will mean that all participants experience a balanced programme over the longer term, which in turn will ensure that the players are ready to step into the adult game ready to play into and throughout their adult life and for some to step into professional rugby. Scottish Rugby supports this initiative as a model of best practice and looks forward to seeing the concept develop over the next couple of years.”

Membership forms for the 2016-17 are readily available from Bruce Ruthven, Ralph Campbell & Jimmy Moran and can be downloaded HERE

Mr J Moran                                                                           Mr Bruce Ruthven
Head of SMC senior games                                             Stewarts Melville Rugby Coordinator

Mr Ralph Campbell                                                           Mr Joe Boyle
Director of Academy Rugby                                             Youth Fixtures Convenor & U18 Manager

If you have any questions regarding the information in this email please contact Bruce Ruthven (

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