The IAS Rugby Union Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented rugby players by providing industry leading high performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October with the majority of the program completed in the off-season before May.
Mr Tony Leeder-Smith Head Coach
Miss Stephanie Ball Assistant/Mentor Coach
Miss Brooke Harper Assistant/Mentor Coach
The IAS Rugby Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented rugby players by providing industry leading high performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October 2016 with the majority of the program completed in the off-season before May.
IAS Rugby sessions will be held weekly/fortnightly at various venues throughout the Illawarra Region including Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and the Wingecarribee.
IAS Scholarship holders are expected to attend ALL scheduled IAS Rugby sessions in addition to club, representative and other sport commitments.
The IAS Rugby Program underpins the NSWRU and ARU Youth Program in the National Rugby player pathway.
The IAS is committed to the development of the holistic athlete by providing elite training in rugby specific skills development, athletic movement development as well as an elite sports education curriculum.
Sports Specific Skill Development - SSSD
IAS Scholarship athletes are provided elite rugby skill development programs and exposed to high quality instruction from the region’s leading rugby coaches. Athletes are provided training in the fundamental skills of catch, pass, tackle, breakdown, running lines as well as the more techniaclly specific skills of set piece, kick strategy, defensive philosophies and team attacking inter-play. Through the use of video analysis athletes are also provided both technical and tactical feedback on individuals techniques and decision-making.
Athletic Movement Development - AMD
IAS Scholarship athletes receive a comprehensive Musculoskeletal Screening and individualised pre-hab exercise programs as well as an athletic movement competency screening with specific high performance resistance training programs designed for individual athletes needs in line with the long term athlete development program. Additionally, scholarship holders will receive rugby 7 specific physical testing in line with the requirements of the NSWRU and ARU.
Elite Sports Education Curriculum - ESEC
IAS Scholarship athletes will complete an education curriculum covering sports specific topics including workshops in sports nutrition, performance psychology, drugs in sport and athletic movement & injury prevention as well as personal development topics including athlete professionalism, goal-setting & time management and media awareness & public speaking.
Education sessions will be in the form of workshops and will require athletes to complete a home task as well as an online assessments towards the end of the scholarship period.
The IAS Rugby Program is aligned and integrated into the NSWRU and ARU National Player Pathway Program.
Boys and Girls aged between 14 - 17 are eligible for a IAS Rugby Program Scholarship.
The IAS Rugby Program underpins the NSWRU & ARU National Programs (men and women's) and athletes under scholarship with the IAS will be eligiable to transition into State and National youth programs.
The IAS along with its sponsors and supporters covers the majority of the costs associated with the sports scholarship program. Scholarship athletes may however be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.
New athletes are required to purchase the basic IAS Uniform which while partly subsidized by the IAS, is a cost to the athlete
To be eligible for a Rugby Scholarship, athletes must:
Reside within the Illawarra Region, Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee or Wollongong local government areas; and Wollondilly, Camden & Cambletown
The IAS boundries are more flexible for the Rugby Union program to fit within the Illawarra Rugby Unions boundary.
All athletes need to be registered members of Illawarra Rugby Union
Selection of athletes will be based upon the assessment that the player is an emerging talented rugby player of Illawarra representation level with the aim of achieving Country representative level or above.
Boys U/14 – U/16 (Born between 2005 and 2003)
Girls U/14 – U/18 (Born between 2005 and 2001)
NB: dispensation maybe granted by the board for athletes outside the eligible age.
Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;
- Demonstrate potential to be selected for Regional, NSW Country or Higher within 12 months;
- Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in rugby;
- Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction;
- Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance;
- The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence.
Date: Monday 22 October 2018
Location: UOW Ovals
Time: Girls 5:00 – 6:30pm
Boys 6:45 – 8:30pm
The IAS Rugby Program is endorsed by the NSW Rugby Union.