Men's Rugby

CAVC Rugby Academy provides the perfect platform for talented rugby players aged 16-19 who have an interest in performance and elite level rugby. 
As the official college partner of Cardiff Rugby we provide the facilities, coaching, contacts and unrivalled wraparound support that enables you to reach your potential.
CAVC Rugby Academy has won national competitions and developed a reputation and track record for growing and developing talent for the region and Wales.

What can we offer you?

The right balance

  • Your teachers and coaches work together to ensure your studies and your sports commitments don’t conflict. We create the right balance for you to reach your potential in both.

A track record of success

  • CAVC Rugby Academy are winners of the Welsh Schools and Colleges Cup, winning their final at the Principality Stadium.
  • Since establishment in 2016, 28 students have gone on to play internationally in teams such as the Welsh U18s and the Welsh Senior 7s. 
  • Over 100 students have represented the Cardiff Blues Region from under 18 to senior squad level.
  • Many former CAVC players have progressed to leading sports universities and are now representing teams including Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Loughborough University and Exeter University.

Outstanding facilities

  • Cardiff Arms Park: the heart of regional rugby and high-profile location for some home fixtures during the season.
  • Gethin Jenkins High Performance Gym at our City Centre Campus: one of the best facilities if its kind for developing strength and conditioning.
  • Cardiff International Sports Campus (CISC) & Canal Park at City Centre Campus: with top class pitches and a state-of-the-art sports domes ensuring training and matches can take place throughout the year.
  • Accommodation is available for students from further afield wishing to join CAVC and one of our academies.

Professional expert coaching

  • Professional rugby coaching each week.
  • Top class coaching team including Level 4 Director of Rugby and a team of specialist coaches including current professional rugby players.

Professional strength and conditioning and wraparound support

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach, ensuring an individualised programme of development for each player.
  • Access to weekly physiotherapy sessions and a range of sport science support such as nutrition, psychology and performance analysis.

Competitive fixtures

  • Up to 20 fixtures in the Welsh and British Colleges League each season.
  • Participation in high profile tournaments including Rosalyn Park 7’s.
  • International Tour: the most recent being to Japan, when CAVC was chosen to represent Wales in the SANIX Youth World Cup.

Professional partnerships

  • CAVC is the Official College Partner of Cardiff Rugby: benefiting player profile and progression opportunities.
  • Established progression pathways including to Cardiff Rugby, Cardiff RFC, leading sports universities and national squads.
  • A supportive environment that allows you to continue playing domestic rugby with your chosen club.

Martyn Fowler - Head Coach

The Academy is led and coached by former Cardiff RFC Director of Rugby and Cardiff University Head of Rugby Martyn Fowler. Martyn is Director of Rugby at the College and is a Level 4 coach with more than 15 years’ coaching experience. Five of those years were spent coaching in the Principality Premiership with Bedwas RFC and Cardiff RFC.

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CAVC are proud to work in partnership with the Cardiff Blues.

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