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HARLEQUINS WINTER PERFORMANCE ACADEMY
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August 16th, 2015
Brantford Harlequins RFC
Brantford Harlequins RFC are thrilled to announce the formation of Harlequins Winter Performance Academy. The inaugural academy schedule will run starting in October 2015 through to the beginning of High School rugby season in March of 2016 with a two week break for Christmas. The program includes rugby skills, speed agility and quickness, and strength and conditioning components.
The entire academy program is built around Sport Canada’s Long Term Athletic Development Model (LTAD). LTAD implementation is difficult in any organization fielding competitive teams as winning takes precedence over the athletes’ development. With that in mind the Academy’s focus will be athlete specific skill development that will be independent of the club's competitive programs.
After much research into how the USA, both at the club and state level, was growing their rugby base so quickly on the Atavus Rugby Platform (formerly Serevi Rugby) it was determined that a similar partnership with Upright Rugby Academy of Oakville was the right way forward. Ken Courser, President of Brantford Harlequins RFC commented "We have been working with Upright Rugby for over 3 years now and the results are starting to show in the quality of players our junior program is producing. It was only natural that when we wanted to expand our support to the high school and provincial programs that we partner with Upright."
Rory McDonnell has been spearheading the build. A long time Harlequin with a solid management background, McDonnell is also excited about the long term prospects of this project. “The advantages to this academy are many, including the fact that local resources are used and that helps in keeping costs down for athletes attending the academy. Our “all skills, all players” approach makes this an attractive option for most. Added to that, the fitness levels required by rugby players makes this academy an attractive option for athletes from all sports wishing to cross train.”
Specific registration and schedule details will be released in the next couple of weeks.
On Friday July 24th Brantford Harlequins' Jesters 7s program captured the Midsummer 7s U16 Boys title. The tournament, held in Oakville, attracted 7s sides from far and wide. In an exciting and hard fought affair, the Jesters won their final game against English side Shelford RFC 15-14.
Front Row L-R - Harrison Owen, Lucas Wilson, Liam Boeyenga, Zach Thomas, Ryan Kirby, Andrew Hazell, Jacob Laracy, Jack O’Connor, Mat Canessa Back Row L-R - Liam Rose, Tobias Edgar, Drew McLean, Diego Meier, Devan Fielding, Hawhk Son, Keegan LeBlanc, Nate Penny, Harry Cooney, Coach Mitch McIsaac, Coach Jack McIsaac.