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AASE programme: club apprentices (19-24)

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme is being progressively used by Premiership Cubs to educate and upskill their younger players.

The framework contains a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), which is fully reflective of the broad range of competences required to be successful in rugby, such as the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects of the game. The framework also includes a BTEC in Understanding How to Achieve Excellence, the theory or knowledge and understanding underpinning the competences

The self-analysis of performance is designed to create self-autonomous athletes who can think for themselves and become less reliant on their coaches. The course also addresses the wider issues of being a high performance player such as lifestyle, career management, and health and safety. Should a renewal of contract not be forthcoming or injury put an untimely end to one’s professional playing career, the options have been considered.

Examples of alternative employment opportunities include coaching, sport development, exercise and fitness, operational management of sports facilities and sports leadership. The players also develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping, commitment and a strong work ethic.

Players are invited on the apprenticeship programme by the participating club.


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