Rugby Academy

Rugby Academy

The Rugby Union team play in the AoC East Midlands Premier League and Cup. Players have the opportunity to be trained by and impress Professional coaches, which could lead to an invite to train and play in the Nottingham Rugby Club Academy.

Training takes place on Mondays between 16:30 -18:00 at Nottingham College on Farnborough Road, Clifton. Games are on Wednesday afternoons at West Bridgford Rugby Club. 

We are fully committed to developing rugby. We have a link with the local Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) development officers and attend festivals throughout the year.  The RFU also provides the College with guest coaches covering specific areas such as strength and conditioning.

The rugby team is very social and occasionally undertakes visits to watch local professional clubs.

If you would like to take part in this sport academy, simply select that you would like to join an academy when you apply for a full-time course. Alternatively, you might be interested in applying for our Development, Coaching and Fitness Diploma, which has been designed specifically to complement our sport academies.

Meet our Coach

Meet Roy Reeve, our Rugby Academy coach.


  • Central College (now Nottingham College)
  • Mansfield

Coaching Roles:

  • Central College Head Coach (now Nottingham College)
  • U16s Mansfield Head Coach
  • U18s NLD Girls’ Head Coach
  • Volunteer at Joseph Whittaker School

Coaching Qualifications:

  • RFU Level 2 (working towards Level 3)
  • Qualified Referee
  • 30+ Workshops including Coaching Seminars, Talent Symposiums and Skill Acquisition

Number of Years Coaching:

4 years

Roy’s take on Coaching:

I always think enjoyment first, we all play rugby with our friends so it’s important to keep smiling. My role would be to provide a safe learning environment for the players and to development their rugby skills. I always aim to be successful and forward thinking. Enjoyment through learning is the “X factor”.

What advice would you give to students wanting to improve as a rugby player?

Play! The best piece of advice I would give to any rugby player would be play as much as possible to “LEARN THROUGH DOING” and to challenge yourself. The more time you spend with a ball in your hands the better you will become, there is no substitute for experience, hard work &quality practice.

Up and coming rugby at Central…

We will improve! We are looking to progress to a rugby programme with a structured season. I am looking at an athletic conditioning programme to include different learning experiences and measurements, how to be FASTER, STRONGER and SMARTER. This is a good time to be involved in rugby at Nottingham College.