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UR7s & US Collegiate Development Collaborate on Summer Programs

Alexander Magleby

Make Rugby 7s and College Education Opportunities Available to Young Players Worldwide

April 2, 2014—Hanover, NH: US Collegiate Development Camps and Ultimate Rugby 7s Academy in the United Kingdom today announced their joint partnership to enable young rugby players from outside of the United States to continue their education while playing top-level collegiate rugby in the US. In addition, the partnership will help give aspiring US-based high school players a chance to train overseas at the UR7s Academies. 

Through a series of camps held at various college venues in the United States, players aged 14 and over receive world-class instruction on the rugby pitch by coaches from top US rugby academic institutions. The aim is to help players from around the world understand the educational possibilities in the United States, and in many cases, opportunities specific to the game of rugby sevens, the newest Olympic sport. US collegiate coaches are looking to attract some of the best student rugby players from around the world to their universities with the opportunity to compete for a US national championship and to qualify to represent the USA 7s in international competition. 

A recent example of this successful pathway is Dartmouth’s Madison Hughes. The 2011 Wellington College (UK) graduate has gone on to captain Dartmouth to multiple Ivy League titles, an MVP performance leading Dartmouth to the 2012 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship title, and most recently, top performances for the US National Sevens team in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Madison will graduate from Dartmouth in June 2015 as he pursues a spot on the 2016 US Olympic Sevens team. 

The 2014 US Collegiate Development Camp will be held at Dartmouth College June 23 to 26. There will be a Sevens Clinic on June 22 preceding the camp run by US Collegiate Development staff and UR7s Academy coaches. 

Off the pitch at the US Collegiate Development Camp attendees will spend time learning about the admissions application process and timeline. Seminars will include assessment of current transcript, target college search, application essay tips, mock interviews and feedback on drafts of college applications. It is vital for students interested in furthering their education in the United States to get the right help to manage this process. 

According to Alex Magleby, longtime Dartmouth mentor and former US national sevens coach, “We are looking forward to working with UR7s Academy, sharing ideas & coaching methods, and with their help moving rugby forward in the United States. It will also be beneficially to some of our developing high school players to get to a UR7s Academy overseas in the coming year.”

UR7s Academy Coach Will Matthews adds that this new partnership “Is an opportunity for young rugby players to improve their skills working with players and coaches from the US 7s game, learning the athletic and rugby-based skills needed to be successful on and off the field.”

US Collegiate Development Camps is a premier identification and development camp linking high school student-athletes with top rugby and academic university coaches. They promote a learning environment built on fundamentals, tactical and strategic understanding as well as leadership through action and clarity, all formed on a high work-rate foundation. Camps include rugby skill assessment, rugby instruction in core rugby skill and decision-making areas, feedback and plan creation to improve skill assessment post-camp, as well as seminars on nutrition, sports science and recovery.

UR7s Academy seeks to develop the rugby 7s Olympians of tomorrow at Academies across the UK and around the world. Working with sponsors to deliver high-quality rugby 7s coaching using its unparalleled coaching database including players and coaches from the international game, the Academy aims to give students from all backgrounds the chance to be exposed to the Olympic game of 7s. Working with the very best coaches with international rugby 7s experience, young players receive insight into the game that they cannot get anywhere else. With all eyes on the Olympics in Rio (2016) and Tokyo (2020), the Academy gives students a chance to understand what it takes to play rugby 7s at the highest level and puts them on that path to success.

UR7s will be hosting it's first ever global residential Academy at the incredible facilities of Hartpury College in July with players from all over the world attending to work with some of the best coaches. Looking at all aspects of the game both on and off the field and in the gym, the Global Academy gives players an idea of what being 'in camp' would be like with international sides with all aspects of the coaching personalized to the individual player. UR7s Academy is currently putting a package together for young aspiring rugby players from the USA to attend the program.

For more information please visit http://www.usdevelopmentcamps.com or http://www.ur7s.com

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