High Performance Rugby

Glendale Raptors Academy

Complete rugby players.

The Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy (GRRA) High Performance program is a tremendous asset to Colorado rugby.

The first of its kind in the country, it provides an advanced training opportunity for elite players in the high school age. It’s more than just mastering skills: It’s about developing complete rugby players who think and play team rugby at a world-class level.

The program provides a comprehensive development plan for each player and monitors and assesses training along the way. The GRRA High Performance program is comprised of technical, tactical, physical, psychological, nutritional and holistic development and support.

Reach your potential.

The GRRA Boys & Girls High Performance U18 program is an integrated support service for elite youth rugby players in Colorado. The program is not a team of its own or an alternative to playing on a high school or club team, but a program managed by professional staff and coaches at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. This program was specifically designed to augment a player’s high school or club experience.

Alongside other elite players from the area, players train one night per week. Players will be challenged to play at new levels and are encouraged to bring their knowledge back to their teams. The coaching staff will continually monitor and assess training and playing commitments of each academy player. The long-term vision of the program is to narrow the gap between club and elite level USA youth rugby players.

The curriculum was built to develop a player’s physical and mental approach to rugby. In addition to refining core skills, the program gives players instruction in game sense, mental skills, conditioning, physiotherapy, and nutrition. Occasionally, players will have the opportunity to meet and play with elite players from around the country.

The GRRA High Performance program is an integrated support service for young elite players managed by professional staff. The program aims to provide a complete and robust development route that monitors and assesses training and playing commitments of academy players to insure that the players’ full potential is achieved.

World-class training.

Objective: to prepare and develop players to compete in a world-class standard in international rugby by the following:

  • Develop the mental approach/attitude of players
  • Develop core-skills
  • Target players age 16, 17 and 18

Players selected will be assessed under four major categories:

  • Skills and elements of competence
  • Fitness
  • Tactical and game awareness
  • Personal attitude

Core Skills Development Program:

  • Game sense
  • Skills training
  • Conditioning
  • Fitness testing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition
  • Lifetime management – the best rugby players are those that can apply themselves across a number of disciplines. Education targets will be set and must be met.

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