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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College


About the Academy 



The Rugby Academy at Ivybridge has been running successfully for the past twelve years and has seen many students succeed at a professional level.  A host of notable names have come out of the College, including   Steffon Armitage, Aaron Jarvis, Dave Ewers, Ben Moon, Sam Hill, Sam Simmonds ,Joe Simmonds, Stuart Townsend, Ben Spencer, Ben Velacott and Chris Bell.

Rugby at Ivybridge is open to students of all ages and abilities through PE lessons and after College Rugby Clubs.  The players with the most potential from Year 8 upwards are selected to join the Academy.

The Academy has seen many changes and advancements to the programme and continues to grow at every possible opportunity.

The Academy students at Ivybridge receive coaching from staff with international playing experience and who have coached at a high level in the professional environment.  The link with Exeter Chiefs means that the boys also get access to specialist coaching sessions from current Exeter Chiefs players.


Academy Structure  

Year 7

Rugby PE

Year 8


Year 9

Academy and Elite

Year 10

Academy and Elite

Year 11

Academy and Elite

Year 12

Nat West u-18 Cup Supported by high quality fixtures

Year 13

In Year 7, students can elect to do rugby in place of core PE lessons. 

From Year 8 onwards, students are chosen to join the Academy.  As part of the Academy, students receive specific and bespoke strength and conditioning programmes and detailed technical and tactical sessions. 

From Years 9 to 11, certain students from the Academy are selected to join the Elite programme.  These students have access to additional coaching sessions.  They also take part in classroom sessions, which cover topics such as physiotherapy, nutrition, psychology, anatomy and physiology.

Years 7 to 11 play in fixtures against local schools as well as top rugby schools across the country.  Our talented Year 12 and 13 students play in the RFU u18 Nat West Cup.

Girls Rugby 

We have recently started a Girls’ Rugby Club, which is proving to be very popular.  This is run by Nick Kerswell.  Training takes place every Friday lunchtime.

Our aim is to have a competitive girl’s side across all Year Groups.


The Academy is currently being managed by Ben Russell.  Ben has vast experience playing professionally for clubs including Saracens and Racing Metro 92, as well as for the England 7s Team.  He has been coaching the Academy at the College for the past three years.

Chris Brown is Director of Academies at Ivybridge and has a focus on Rugby.  He has extensive playing and coaching experience and is currently forwards coach at Taunton Titans.