Grassroots: BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, ecco i nomi dei “promossi”

Scotland Captain Grant Gilchrist (1)
Credit: Jason O’Callaghan

La Scottish Rugby ha annunciato oggi i nomi degli atleti che faranno parte dei tre ‘livelli’ della BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy per la stagione 2016/’17.

Ci saranno 30 nuovi giovani tra i 91 ragazzi e ragazze sparsi nei quattro centri regionali dell’Academy, undici dei quali sono entrati nella parte più alta della piramide, la cosiddetta ‘contracted tier’. Si tratta di Luke Crosbie, Charlie Shiel, Cammy Hutchison, Thomas Gordon (tutti con il Currie RFC), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Hawks), Jade Konkel (Hillhead Jordanhill) e Ross McCann (Melrose RFC) sono stati “promossi”, mentre Daniel Winning (Boroughmuir Rugby), Sam Thomson e Robert Beattie (Glasgow Hawks) e Jamie Bhatti (Melrose RFC) sono stati ammessi nell’Academy direttamente al livello più alto.

I ragazzi sopra citati vanno a sostituire i giocatori che la scorsa stagione hanno ottenuto un contratto da professionisti: Lewis Carmichael, Jack Cosgrove (Edinburgh Rugby) Scott Cummings, Ali Price, James Malcolm (Glasgow Warriors), Robbie Fergusson (London Scottish), Andrew Davidson (Newcastle Falcons), Ross Graham (Yorkshire Carnegie).

È interessante ricordare che, come dice il comunicato stampa della Scottish Rugby, “(…) the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy represents the nation’s most promising male and female rugby players, with those named today the second tranche of inductees since the governing body’s investment announced last year, in partnership with four regional centres in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Edinburgh and Galashiels. Week in, week out the BT Sport Academies focus on three pillars of player development: high performance behaviours, rugby skills and athletic capacity.
These include but are not restricted to an athlete’s training history and work ethic, and technical proficiency and consistency in skill delivery, while ensuring they are physically and functionally capable, self-sufficient and self-aware. Developing the players’ leadership, accountability and responsibility is also crucial to the system, with contracts structured to allow broader employment or study to help produce more rounded athletes with a secondary career option, should they fail to meet their professional playing ambitions.”

Ecco, di seguito, la divisione territoriale delle quattro Academy:

Borders & East Lothian
Sede: Netherdale Campus, Galashiels
Partners: Borders College, Heriot Watt University, Borders Sports e Leisure Trust, Borders Council

Sede: Hillhead Centre, Aberdeen and Aberdeen Sports Village
Partners: Aberdeen University e Aberdeen Sports Village

Sede: Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus
Partners: Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh City Council (Edinburgh Leisure)

Glasgow & The West
Sede: Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Partners: North Lanarkshire Leisure Trust



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