In 2011, the Tuggeranong Vikings launched an elite performance and development program – V-Rugby Academy. The program’s initial intake consisted of 20 players aged between 17 and 23 years old who demonstrated on and off field potential, skills and work ethic. The aim of the program is to develop a squad of promising players through an elite training program consisting of strength & conditioning, rugby specific skills, leadership coaching and total well-being.
The success of the inaugural year of the V-Rugby Academy was highlighted by the on-field success of the Club and has been paramount in the development of local talent, providing them with a pathway on & off the field.With the addition of the National Corporation Group as a Major Sponsor. The Tuggeranong Vikings now field two development squads.
The V-Rugby Academy which now acts as an ‘U20′s development program and the Wider Training Group (WTG) which is comprised of a number of 1st & 2nd Grade players, as well as graduating V-Rugby Academy players.
Since 2011 a number of players have graduated from this program to represent Australia at the under 20’s level and ultimately into NRC and Super Rugby programs. A list of these players can be found here.
National Corporate Group has been a long term Platinum Sponsor of Vikings Rugby and this supplementary support from managing director Dave Mailau and not only ensures long-term sustainability for Vikings Rugby, but for Rugby Union in the Tuggeranong Valley and Canberra.During the pre-season, the V-Rugby Academy & Wider Training Group squad members train 4 times a week under the supervision and guidance of the Vikings Rugby coaching staff (Lees Boswell and Tim Sampson).
The V-Rugby Academy & Wider Training Group involve:
An intensive training regime commencing in November of each year and concluding at the end of the John I Dent Cup season.
Training sessions consist of personalised Strength & Conditioning programs, rugby skills and are conducted at the Viking Park Gym and playing fields. Exclusive training camps away from Viking Park.
Nutrition programs. Pastoral Care sessions aimed at developing life skills complimenting on field player requirements. Access to Medical and Physiotherapy for injured players in addition to elite early injury detection and specialised V-Rugby training kit
For more information contact: Tim Sampson | Coaching Director | 6209 5515 | 0409 998 858