Academy News

Congratulations to 18 year old Blues Academy centre, Nico Defeo, who has been selected for the Italy U20 squad for their four match tour of Ireland in August.  Italy will play the four Irish provinces, Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, as part of their preparation for this year's Six Nations tournament.

Nico, who captained the Bedford Modern School 1st XV last year, and has just completed his "A" levels at BMS, impressed the Italian selectors, during a week long training camp in Pisa, Italy last week.

Congratulations to 18 year old Blues Academy centre, Nico Defeo, who has been invited to the Italian U20 training camp.

Defeo, who captained the Bedford Modern School 1st XV last year, has just completed his "A" levels at BMS, and joins the rest of the Italian U20 squad in a week long training camp in Pisa, Italy.

Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said ..." We are delighted for Nico.  He has been selected for the U20 camp a year early, and the experience training at this level will be good for him."  

The Blues Academy have announced their fixture list for the 2014/15 season, with what looks to be the strongest set of fixtures for some time.

They kick off the season with a tough opening game, on August 16th,  against the Irish province Leinster, who are preparing for the Irish Inter Provincial competition.  This is followed by a home game against London Scottish, and an away game against Esher U21 at the end of August.  September features four games including Leicester Tigers and a home game against the RAF U23 XV. 

The Blues Academy kicked off their pre-season training programme this week.
 

With over 40 players, 25 of them triallists, the Academy coaching team put them through their paces.
 

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The Bedford Blues Academy said farewell and thank you to James Hinkins and Harriet Cole at the Academy End-of-Season dinner on Friday.  Hinks and Harriet are stepping down from the Academy at the end of the season.

The Blues Academy made their Annual Player Awards at their End-of-Season Dinner at Goldington Road on Friday April 25th.

Seen with Academy DIrector, Denis Ormesher, and Blues President Gareth Davies, who presented the awards, are fly half Cameron Gregory-Ring (Most Improved Player), hooker Josh Taylor (Player of the Year) and full back Scott Lyle (Young Player of the Year).  

The Blues Academy announce two new recruits to the Academy Coaching/Management team for next season.

Grant Hathaway – Backs/Skills Coach:

Grant will be joining the Academy Coaching team as one of the backs and skills coaches.

Grant works for Saracens running their HITZ programme (Premiership Rugby's award winning social inclusion programme).  He is an RFU Level 2 Coach who has a broad coaching experience including Hemel Hempstead club, Hertfordshire County, London and SE Girls, St.George’s School Harpenden, and South of England U16 Rugby League. 

After weeks of cancelled games the Blues Academy had their 2nd game in four days with an away game against Cambridge U21 XV.

In a close first half both sides scored two tries to draw 10pts all at half time, before the superior fitness of the Blues showed with a high tempo second half and a 29pts - 15 win.

For Match Report ... see here

The Bedford Blues Academy needs a Team Manager to assist the Academy Director and Coaches in the running of the Blues Academy.

The Team Manger will take responsibility for much of the administration, and support, that is needed to make the Academy function effectively, and will work closely with the Academy Director, Coaches, and Physio team.

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