Welcome to the home of the Ealing Trailfinders Academy. Our goal is to develop players Phil D Navy gameto their full potential whether they are playing for pleasure or are progressing towards a semi or fully professional rugby careerAcademy player pathway 2014 v2

At Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club we have developed a Player Pathway that we believe delivers opportunities for our squads. Players from U15 – U23 are involved in the different parts of the Academy. At the younger age groups the focus is on skills development. As players move up through the age groups there is plenty of access to competitive matches and game time. At the end of youth rugby (at U18) there is a pathway through to the adult game via the Club’s senior section. In addition players with the ability and commitment may be invited to join the Senior Academy that could be the next step towards full or part-time rugby career.

From our Senior Academy through to the Academy U18s and U16s our squads  play in competitions, friendly matches, including Zoo League, HML at U18 and U 16, National Colts Cup and LV=U18 Cup. In addition we have a number of prestige fixtures including the Army, Navy and Combined Services as well as Bedford, Nottingham and London Scottish Academies.

To ensure future development of players and the Academy we have established an Emerging Player Group. These players are invited to attend additional training and have to be prepared to make a large commitment to their rugby development. Players for the EPG are drawn from the U15, U16, U17 and U18 age groups. In total we aim to have around 35 players nominated in this group.

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We welcome applications from ambitious players who would like to join in the success at Ealing. If you are interested in discussing your rugby playing career then please call Academy Director John Lacey to discuss where you could fit in. If you have any general queries please call the Academy Manager Annie Lyndon.

If you are a club/organization interested in playing the Academy please contact our fixtures manager Paul Flynn.

Pre-season training will be starting soon – watch this space for updates on our progress.

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Academy come up short in local derby

London Scottish Highlanders 24 – 19 Ealing Trailfinders Academy It was the archetypal game of two halves at The Athletic Ground on Saturday as a first half onslaught by the Exiles proved just enough to […]


Academy season swings into gear

It seems like only yesterday we were at Old Deer Park for the final fixture of last season against this weekend’s host London Scottish. But there have been big changes with the Exiles over the […]


Academy Coaches go back to school

Its going to be a busy 2017/18 season for three of our Academy coaches as they look to improve their coaching skills and practice by studying for the next stages of their development. Academy skills […]


England U18 cap awaits Academy winger

We are extremely proud to announce that Academy U18 winger Reon Joseph has been selected to represent England Counties in their upcoming away fixture against Ireland. The England Counties age group programme forms part of […]


Academy heads to Nottingham

There’s a slight feeling of deja vu around the Academy this week, and there a good reason for it. A special request from our fellow Championship Academy means we will play away twice this season […]


Emerging talent Niang to skipper U19 side

St Edwards School, Oxford lock Alex Niang is set to skipper the Academy U19’s in tomorrows fixture against Birmingham Moseley at Old Merchant Taylors. On announcing an exciting young squad Academy Director John Lacey said […]