Rugby Academy Personnel

The Premier Rugby Academy is another example of West Vancouver Schools’ commitment to facilitating increased access to athlete development through pathways in education. Sport is a viable pathway to reach numerous educational, societal, and personal goals.

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All Skill Levels Accepted

West Vancouver Schools, in partnership with North Star Rugby, accept students of all skill levels. Athletes have access to excellent instruction, coaching, training and facilities. The program strives to provide the best possible rugby experience for all participants, with development training sessions taking place during the school day.

“Every child in the school participated with enthusiasm and was excited on a daily basis to work with and learn from the North Star Rugby Coaches…” – Michelle LaBounty, Principal of Cedardale Elementary. Read the full testimonial.


  • To develop athletes’ knowledge, skills and abilities in the sport of rugby
  • To give each student-athlete the opportunity to reach full potential as both a player and a student
  • To work in partnership with North Star Rugby to provide athletes with rugby skill development training in outstanding facilities and with access to excellent instruction, coaching and training


  • To refer to the Rugby Canada Long-Term Rugby Development structure which facilitates development of rugby players at all levels of participation and experience and to ensure that the experience of training is always appropriate for the developmental stage of the student-athlete
  • To promote a philosophy of sound practice and long-term participation, performance and enjoyment of the sport of rugby
  • To emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for fellow players, coaches and officials
  • To provide opportunities for increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • To encourage students to have life-long involvement in rugby, albeit as a player, coach or official
  • To provide awareness of the global opportunities in the sport of rugby
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The Program Concept

This program offers young rugby players the opportunity to complete their academic requirements in the mornings and participate in rugby skill development training in the afternoons, every second day, all during schools hours.

The Premier Rugby Academy is a choice program offered to both boys and girls, Grades 8-12, who are registered at any one of the West Vancouver Schools’ three secondary schools: Rockridge Secondary, École Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary. As well, for the 2016-2017 school year, we are offering the program to students who may wish to remain registered in a school outside of the West Vancouver School District.

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Fact Sheet

This program is:

  • Designed for boys and girls, Grades 8-12, who are registered as full time students at Rockridge Secondary, École Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary Schools
  • Students registered in a school outside the West Vancouver School District are also accepted into the program
  • Conducive to scheduling students’ full academic requirements in the mornings in order to allow students the ability to participate in rugby skill development training every second day in the afternoons
  • Students receive Physical Education (8, 9, 10, 11 or 12) course at each grade level
  • Focused on academic achievement, individual skill improvement, physical fitness and overall character development
  • Partnership with North Star Rugby provides student-athletes with Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) curriculum
  • Curriculum provides an integrated framework to facilitate the development of rugby players at all skill levels and experiences
  • Lots of fun for students as they experience a variety of ‘game type’ opportunities
  • Provides students the opportunity to complete the Officials Level 1 course
  • Strictly supplementary to the existing programs run by various outside rugby club teams
  • For participants who are not already 2015-2016 members of the Capilano RFC, registration for September 2016 also includes complimentary membership for Capilano RFC for the 2016-2017 season.

Tuition: $2750 per year. The fee is divided into 10 equal payments @ $275 per month x 10 months (September – June)
Officials Level 1 course: Approximately $120 for Grades 10-12
Clothing Kit: Approximately $150
Tuition Fee includes membership of Capilano RFC for 2016/17 season for those who are not currently already members of Capilano RFC for 2015-2016.

Requirements & Registration

A student selected to participate in the Premier Rugby Academy must provide a copy of the student’s most recent report card that indicates very good progress in academic subject areas, as well as evidence of socially responsible behaviour, an excellent work ethic and an overall positive attitude.

The Premier Academy is a wonderful program for students who want to develop their  potential as a high performance athlete or for the student who simply wants to learn and enjoy playing the game. Students registered full time at West Vancouver Secondary, École Sentinel Secondary or Rockridge Secondary OR those students registered in a school outside the West Vancouver School District, have the opportunity to pursue their interest in playing rugby while continuing to receive an excellent education. So, for the ‘rugby passionate’ student, we are very excited to offer this very unique program.

Contact Information

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575

If your student is interested in attending the Premier Rugby Academy, please complete and submit an online registration form:

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