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Hitchin Rugby Limited

Hitchin Rugby Academy was established in 2012 to provide the best quality rugby coaching for Under 16s to Under 18s young men and young women in North Hertfordshire.


The objectives of the Academy are:

  • to develop the skills of all members to reach their personal maximum potential 
  • to develop a common style of play across all Academy players 
  • to retain players in the game through rugby development and identity within the club and community 
  • to create pathways for players post-Academy at Hitchin RFC or other clubs and Universities

Coaching Team

A top quality coaching team is installed under Lead Coach Jim Panter (Leicester Tigers).

  • Coach – Andy Dudley
  • Manager – Richard Lucas
  • Under 18 Coach - Rob Laing
  • Under 17 Coach - Richard Bailey
  • Under 16 Coach - Matt Messer

Additional coaching and input will be given by guest coaches.


  • A fun, learning environment
  • Develop core rugby skills and a commitment to the ethos of rugby
  • To produce good people not just good rugby players
  • To have representative teams in all HML age groups and allow players to migrate between teams as appropriate
  • To have an Academy Team drawn from all eligible age groups for specific representative fixtures


We aim to create an environment whereby players improve their skills and see the Academy as the vital step after mini and early youth rugby and to provide top quality coaching including skills and game play sessions.

We have a special emphasis on fitness regimes under specialist coaches.

We provide guest, specialist coaches and provide access to coaching and refereeing courses.

We also manage integration into senior rugby and provide introductions to higher clubs where appropriate.


The Academy is open to all players regardless of ability. It is not elitist but we do require commitment. We want to produce winners. Gracious in victory, heroic in defeat.

We will work on the key ‘Ps’: Passion, Possession, Power, Pace, Precision, Performance.
Key attributes for players are contained within the RFU Core Values – Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship.

Training Sessions

Training is on Tuesday evenings with age group games and training on Sundays


Contact MYMembership@hitchinrugby.com or visit a training session

Twitter: @hitchinacademy1

  • Coach – Amos Brand
  • Coach – Amos Brand

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Hitchin Rugby Limited, King George V Playing Fields, Old Hale Way, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1XL England, Charity No. 1159772
enquiries@hitchinrugby.com T: +44 (0)1462 432679