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About the Academy

About the Academy

Leicester Tigers have a strong tradition of producing home-grown players. Tigers legends Martin Johnson and Graham Rowntree were developed from a strong youth structure and Tigers recognised very early that an Academy system was needed to develop players capable of playing professional rugby.

In 1998 the Tigers Academy was established with players such as Harry Ellis, Sam Vesty and Louis Deacon among the first successful players through the system. In 2002, Tigers were rewarded for their pioneering work with RFU Academy status.

The Leicester Tigers England Rugby Academy aims to produce players for both Tigers and England. The Academy recently produced its 100th age-grade international as well as producing British & Irish Lions caps Tom Croft, Harry Ellis and Lewis Moody.

The Academy process starts with our DPP programme for players aged 13-16 and the full Academy Programme selects players aged 16-19 with a focus on developing players across all components of performance - technical/tactical, physical, mental and lifestyle.

The programme is focused on individual development within a team environment and supported by principles of Long-Term Athlete Development.

One of the key features is a development-led, competition-supported playing programme which enables us to refer individual development back to and within the context of the game.

This allows us the opportunity to assess our potential first-team players in a controlled, meaningful, competitive environment.

Development Process

Leicester Tigers' philosophy is to provide development across all components of performance.

This holistic approach ensures potential players are developed for the long term and are fully prepared for professional rugby.

Every player is provided with individual personal development plans that address all areas of development.


While every young player aims to be a professional, it is vital that they continue some form of education.

We have established relationships with a number of education providers within our area. This ensures our players maintain a balanced perspective between their rugby ambitions and life after rugby.

In addition, all players will attend personal development seminars on various subjects to aid their individual understanding of issues such as time management, communication, media training and goal setting.

Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College is the Academy Official Education Partner.


Our AASE programme allows players to combine studying a full range of subjects at Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College with training at the academy and playing in the AASE League.

Academy Vice-Presidents

We are indebted to our Academy Vice-Presidents who continue to support the programme:

Tim Ellis Mike Bylina
Adam Walker Mark Falkingham
Robert Wills Peter Howard
Tony Snarey John Graham
Joe Grindal
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