2017-18 was my first season as Chairman and I am very much honoured to fulfil the role. Academy RFC are a fantastic junior rugby club who are currently blending enjoyment of the sport with ambition. Getting the blend right is not always easy and it is testament to my predecessor Adrian Brown and the Club’s hardworking committee that Academy RFC is a great place to play this wonderful sport, be you 50 or 5 years of age. Our 3 senior sides are strong in their respective leagues and pushing for promotion.
The numbers at training are excellent thanks to the commitment and attitude of our coaches and senior players. The training and playing facilities at Roughfort are simply some of the best in Ulster and socially the club is in very good health. We use the Academy Sports & Community Hub as our base for social events and pre-match lunches. Our mini rugby boys and girls play from P1 – P7 at the stunning Castle Grounds on the Antrim Road overlooking Belfast and with representation from 25 different primary schools they come from far and wide to take part in the fun and hone their skills. Without sponsorship amateur rugby would not survive and so I’d like to thank our main sponsor the ‘CD Group’ for their continued support both with Academy RFC and the Ulster ‘A’ squad. Academy is proud to say it is a cross community club from the grass roots up.
Our success in years to come will depend upon our young people continuing to flourish and remain in love with the game of rugby and it is our duty as a club to make sure that happens. So, please come along and pay us a visit whether you are player, supporter or just a fan of the game, I know you will enjoy time spent at Academy RFC.