2018 Staff
Head Coach – Richard Skellern
Assistant Coach – Chris Dowell
Manager – Zac Elliott

2018 Athletes
Jade Bellchambers
Sidonie Carroll
Biola Dawa
Sarah Deaner
Ben Graham
Noah Hargreaves
Harry Haszard
Isabella Kirkby
Sophia Kirkby
Thomas Kohlhagen
Rhylee Lemon
Nathaniel Mooney
Madeline Morton
Matt Parisotto
Patrick Prest
Bernard Ricketts
James Schiller
Aisea TaupeaMuhu
Corey Toole
Richie Tooth
Samuel Trood
Luke Tudulu
Talilotu Uoifalelahi

Southern Sports Academy athletes come together at least twice a month to receive the best and most professional coaching available in the area.

The 10 month program will provide coaching, training, and athletic development to improve athletes with a view to:

  • Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into Brumbies Representative Teams;
  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any Brumbies Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways;
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in rugby competition nationwide

In addition to the quality coaching, all scholarship holders in the Academy are also exposed to a range of workshops from our specialist consultants including workshops relating to Sports Psychology, Nutrition, Recovery, Athletic Development as well as receiving Strength and Conditioning training that is specific to their sport.

The Academy will also deliver an Induction and Leadership weekend which is a compulsory event for all athletes of the Academy.

To be eligible for the Academy Rugby Program, athletes must be born between 2001-2003 inclusive (Aged 15 to 17 in 2018) and residing or schooling within the SSA catchment area.

  • Induction and Leadership camp/Rugby specific session (Borambola- 2 nights accommodation + meals)
  • Muscular skeletal Screening and Athletic Development programming
  • Minimum 16 specialised coaching session with SSA and Brumbies coaching staff
  • Professional development consultation sessions
  • Gym membership (dependant on partnerships within your local town). Information to follow.
  • Preferred rate on consultation services provided by Active Physiotherapy
  • Privileged pricing on Puma online store purchases
  • Annual presentation evening – October 2018, (sit down dinner)

A program levy will be applicable to successful athletes.  Also an athlete uniform ordered though our online clothing supplier Puma is required for new athletes.

Athlete levies are subsidised by minimum $100 worth or raffle ticket sales by athletes, this program is also eligible for the NSW Government Active Kids $100 voucher rebate.

* Scholarships are not in the form of a monetary sum but enable the athlete to participate in Academy development programs at a greatly reduced rate.