Our Academy comprises the U17 and U18 age groups, competing in the Yorkshire Colts leagues, the National Colts Competition and the Keith Dyas Yorkshire Colts Cup.

The Colts League will again be an Under U18 competition with our Academy side playing in the top conference

The overall Academy structure and approach continues to follow and align itself with the Senior teams, and includes the integration of Academy players with the seniors, a process aimed at delivering fully prepared players to the First XV squad.

This season sees Mike Baggs continue as Academy head coach, his fourth season in the role. Mike has over 20 years coaching expertise at junior and senior level, with 4 seasons spent as head coach of the Falcons as well as 3 seasons as senior squad manager so brings a wealth of experience to the role. He is assisted by Jason Field, Neil Summers, Steve Dykes, Geoff Burrell, and Billy Thornton, all very experienced coaches.

The Academy won the League and were runners up in the Cup 2 seasons ago, and last season they had just reached the final of the cup again, and been announced winners of the league, when the season was cut short

Tracy Davis is the team manager, as well as continuing her role as the Chair of the Age Grade.

The pathway from Junior to First and Second XV rugby at Huddersfield RUFC has never been stronger.

Training times

Academy sessions are run every Thursday with a 6.45pm meet (7pm start) running to 8.30pm. All age qualified Academy players are also encouraged to attend open age training every Tuesday.


Mike Baggs

Position / Academy Head Coach

Tracy Davis

Position / Academy Manager

Geoff Burrell

Position / Coach

Billy Thornton

Position / Coach

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