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.
We are proud of our track record in bringing local players through the Academy system and into the first team squad and as our programmes evolve to meet the changing needs of elite players, we are confident that our region will continue to be a breeding ground for top class rugby players.
The Newcastle Falcons England Rugby Academy is one of 14 similar academies based around the country. The programme was launched nationally in 2001 with each of the 12 Premiership clubs plus two other sites being afforded a geographical service area from which to identify and develop the most talented young rugby players in England.
The scheme is run by the Elite Department of the Rugby Football Union in line with the World Class Performance Plan and is delivered on a local basis by the individual professional clubs. The regional Academy programme sits alongside the representative playing pathways and is athlete centred, development driven and competition supported.
"Helping realise dreams of becoming international players of the future"
Each regional Academy is accredited with an academy license based on their ability to foster an environment conducive to player development and the underlying principles are to provide opportunities for players to fulfil their potential at an elite level and realise their dreams of becoming professional and international players of the future.
A word from the Captain
"As a product of the Newcastle Falcons Academy it fills me with great pride to captain the Club. During my time here I have seen many talented players graduate through the system who have gone on to play at the very highest level.
These are not just players that have come through the England age group system, but also those who have developed by playing with the strong regional club set up. At the Falcons we strongly believe in maintaining and developing a strong working relationship with the local club scene in order to develop the very best talent.
The development of our players has been quicker with the excellent coaching but also the exposure to first team training that they would get with many professional clubs in the country. It is vital that young players are developed from the region to play at the highest level and the fantastic support we have here will continue to identify with them"