England unveil new academy
September 25, 2012
England bosses Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell stand alongside three of their promising players © Getty Images
The RFU has unveiled a new performance academy that will see 30 handpicked players receiving more tailored support to help them progress.
The academy, sponsored by BMW, will see players from across the existing age-grade teams - the U16s, U18s, U20s and those aged over 20 and on the verge of breaking into the senior squad - spending time with various specialist coaches.
The RFU will work alongside the player and their club coach to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to help them realise their potential ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
"The BMW Performance Academy will help equip our promising young players with the skills needed to succeed at the highest level," England boss Stuart Lancaster said. "We're working hard in conjunction with their club coaches to give them the individual support they need both on and off the pitch as we work towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and beyond."
The partnership will also see BMW providing the academy players with personal development training, seminars alongside their sporting ambassadors, work experience and driver training.
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