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Further Education (16+) Men's Rugby Union

AASE Boys Rugby Programme

The AASE (Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence) Boys Rugby Programme is a partnership between Bishop Burton College and Greene King IPA Championship, side Yorkshire Carnegie.

​It is targeted at talented 16 to 18-year-old students who have aspirations and potential to play at the elite end of the game.

The programme is designed to support the boys in both their rugby and academic development, giving them the opportunity to combine rugby training on a daily basis with their studies.

There are 15 AASE rugby programmes across the country, all partnered with regional academies that form the highly competitive AASE League. The programme is there to provide a transition from schoolboy rugby into professional rugby and the AASE league is the RFU flagship under 18 competition, providing a real challenge to any promising talent.

Bishop Burton and Yorkshire Carnegie staff provide the coaching, strength and conditioning, nutritional advice, and physiotherapy. A typical week in the rugby programme includes technical and tactical training sessions, position-specific training sessions, video analysis, strength and conditioning training, rehabilitation and recovery work.

Entry Criteria

To apply, prospective academy players must have applied for a course at Bishop Burton to be eligible for selection. Academic entry requirements are available in the course information.

Sporting selection is undertaken through an application to the Director of Rugby Union.

Junior Academy players will normally have been playing at a high level of youth rugby union, been on an RFU DPP programme or have been playing adult rugby union.

The criteria is not exclusive and all applications are considered. There are also other rugby union teams below the academy programme.

If you wish to apply, or want any further information on the AASE programme, please contact AASE Head Coach, Tom Gilchrist, with your academic and rugby CV, by emailing

Partnered with Yorkshire Carnegie

Bishop Burton is an official RFU education partner with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Club, providing opportunities for students to progress through its Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme.

Our Champions

Name: Dan Lancaster
Studied: BTEC Level 3 in Sport (Rugby, Football and Netball Academy Option)
"I am a contracted Yorkshire Carnegie Academy player and also play for Scotland's under 18 team. I joined Bishop Burton College in 2017 and am captain of the college’s AASE rugby union team. The college is supporting me to fulfill my academic ambition, whilst managing my workload to help me achieve my rugby potential and goals. Leading the team has been a huge honour and I hope that the boys can see my passion and pride whilst representing the college. I feel privileged to get work with some amazing lads."