OBU is excited to announce the commencement of our inaugural OBU Academy; a partnership between Old Boys University RFC and Victoria University of Wellington.
The OBU academy is an intensive player development programme for identified student players within OBU. The academy will provide comprehensive and personalised on and off field development opportunities to shape better players and better people.
OBU Chairman, Jaesen Sumner said “OBU is extremely excited to see the academy get under way after a couple of years of high level planning and some intense work and development in early 2016 by our Director or Rugby, Zak Feaunati, OBU Resource Coach Paddy Gough and Karl Whalen of VUW. While this is our pilot year, we see the academy becoming an integral part of OBU for many years to come”.
The academy is based on the NZRU’s six pillar development model - Technical, Tactical, Physical, Nutrition, Mental Skills and Holistic Leadership development. It is comprehensive and aligned with national delivery models. It aims to support identified players to fulfil their rugby playing potential and progression on to senior and representative rugby, build greater player depth within OBU’s top teams and develop student rugby players who have effective tools and techniques to manage rugby and study pressures. The academy also aims to build a strong community of leaders and role models within the rugby and student community at OBU and VUW.
OBU wish to thank VUW and the Jack Jeff’s Charitable Trust for their support which has made it possible for the academy to commence in 2016.
Congratulations to our inaugural OBU Academy 2016 intake: