Commitment to the rugby pathway.
Quietly launched in the Spring of 2016, the Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy (GRRA) is the cornerstone of RugbyTown USA’s vision to be the future of the sport in the United States. Critical to that future is the participation of community youth, who will comprise the next generation of rugby fans, coaches, and players. Those young fans and players will also facilitate the spread of rugby to the sport’s ever-widening audience. The Raptors have a long history of community investment and involvement, and the GRRA further demonstrates the organization’s focus on maintaining deep ties with families and youth.
Previously comprised of numerous, if not directly connected curricula, the GRRA expands upon existing Raptors youth programs with a more comprehensive, focused approach. The result is an impressively robust, European-style academy program that offers a pathway of development players can follow from Kindergarten to the Pros. Each successive stage of academy programming builds upon the last, insuring participant development and the full realization of potential. The GRRA promises a cohesive host of values-driven programs, giving young participants the opportunity to learn everything rugby: from fundamentals to high-level skills.
The Academy is the result of years of coaching development and expertise, but Glendale’s Infinity Park adds still more to the program. The world-class training facilities, renowned national and international coaches, and excellent conditioning and nutrition staff will further the immersive nature of the GRRA.