Introduction

Welcome to the Newcastle Falcons Academy section. Our philosophy as a club has always been that the ‘person’ is more important than the ‘player’ and for those who are invited into the Academy, we promote both social and educational development alongside rugby development.

As a club we are proud of our track record in bringing local players through the Academy system and into the Newcastle Falcons first team squad and beyond. Over 30 players have come through the Falcons Academy and gone on to earn International honours, including three British and Irish Lions (Jonny Wilkinson, Rory Best, Geoff Parling). As our programmes evolve to meet the constantly changing needs of the modern elite player we are confident that our region will continue to be a breeding ground for top class rugby players.

Mark Laycock
(Academy Manager)

A word from the director of rugby

"There are exciting times ahead for us because the number of players coming through the Academy and into the first team squad is growing year on year, and this is constantly driving our standards upwards. The development of our players has been quicker than in most other clubs with the excellent coaching and early exposure to first team training that they receive. The Academy is a vital part of the club's long term sustainability and we are very fortunate that we have such a passionate and supportive community game in our region to underpin the Academy process."

Dean Richards
(Director of Rugby)