Is TJs Academy Successful?
In a word Yes! No matter how you measure success TJs Academy has had lots of it!
- TJs Academy has enjoyed an active playing membership of around 100 players for each of the last three seasons.
- TJs were National Colts Cup Winners in 2015 and semi-finalists the season before.
- In the last three years over 40 Academy graduates have played senior rugby for TJs including a dozen in the National League 1st XV.
- In the past three seasons TJs have made the U16 Kent Cup semi-finals every season. The U17 As have won the Kent Cup both years they entered and have finished as winners or runners-up of the Kent League Division 1 every season.
- The U17 As have reached the last 16 or better of the U17 National Cup for the last two years.
- This season TJs will run an U17 B team in the Kent League system for the third year in a row - something no other club has achieved. In 2015 TJs U17 Bs were winners of Kent Division 2 placing them as the 8th best side in the county.
- Last season TJs were Kent 7s Champions at U16 and U18.
What help do I get when I am injured?
TJs Academy employs a trained and qualified physio who holds clinics at Wednesday evening training sessions. The physio works closely with the coaching and management team to ensure we have the players’ best interests at heart.
Further help in injury rehabilitation and prevention is available from Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Dawson through his company Get Yours . Likewise, our Academy Sports Psychologist, Mark Healey, will be happy to help with the mental issues of injury and help players work towards returning to play. Mark can also advise on how players can work on their game whilst physically out of action. For more information on Paul, Mark and the rest of the coaching team visit the Academy Staff page.
Is TJs Academy a breeding ground for the senior sides including the 1st XV?
Absolutely. In recent years TJs Academy has provided over 40 players to the senior section of the club filling places in every team from 1sts to 4ths. This strong conveyor belt of players has helped the club reintroduce a senior 5th XV. TJs successful Kent Cup campaign of 2015 saw five U17 and U18 members of the Academy play for the 1st XV including three who played in the Kent Cup Final victory over Old Elthamians. Many of the
Academy coaching staff are also part of the 1st XV coaching set up giving Academy players a direct line of progression into the 1st XV squad if they are good enough.