If you are interested in this program, please complete the Student Information Form. The Academy Office will contact you to complete the registration process.

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 accepts 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.


  • 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 provide students with access to skill development and tactical instruction by outstanding Rugby coaches
  • 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 a 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 students the opportunity to complete all the academic requirements for graduation and participate in this rugby skill development opportunity.

The Rugby Academy is open to all students, Grades 8-12 who are registered full time at one of West Vancouver Schools secondary sites: Rockridge, Sentinel Secondary or West Vancouver Secondary School.

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Fact Sheet


Students receive Ministry courses for participation in the Rugby Academy, applicable to their specific grade levels:

Physical & Health Education 8
Physical & Health Education 9
Physical & Health Education 10
Fitness & Conditioning 11
Fitness & Conditioning 12

Tuition: $2250 per year. The fee is divided into 10 equal payments @ $225 per month x 10 months (September – June)
Clothing Kit: Approximately $150

Requirements & Registration

The Premier Rugby Academy is very inclusive. We encourage all students to consider registering as this program not only accommodates all skill levels, from high performance athletes to those who simply want to learn and enjoy the game.

We strategically work to create a very positive training environment where everyone is welcomed, accepted, and respected. Do not miss out on what could be a life-changing experience for students, as we work to debunk some of the stereotypical myths.

Contact Information

Ms. Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction, Learning & Innovation

Ms. Tara Ledingham
Assistant, WVS Premier Academies

Students interested in the Premier Rugby Academy must complete a Student Information Form.

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