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Welcome to the Newcastle Falcons Academy. Our philosophy as a club has always been that the ‘person’ is more important than the ‘player’, and for those who are invited into the academy we promote both social and educational development alongside rugby development.

As a club we are proud of our track record in bringing players through the academy system, into the Newcastle Falcons first team squad and beyond. Over 50 graduates of our development pathway have earned international honours since academies were formed and the game turned professional in the late 1990s.

Our programmes are always evolving to meet the constantly changing needs of the modern player, and with the support of our main sponsor Elm Group we are confident that our region will continue to be a breeding ground for top class rugby players and well-rounded people.

Mark Laycock
(Academy Manager)

A word from the director of rugby

“The academy is a vital part of the club's long-term sustainability and we are very fortunate that we have such a passionate and supportive community game in our region to underpin the academy process. The development of our young academy players is harnessed through excellent coaching and fantastic holistic support to ensure that each player fulfils their potential and can enjoy a lifetime involvement in rugby. The core of our first team squad are all home grown and the players now coming through the academy and into the first team squad are constantly driving our standards upwards.”

Dean Richards
(Director of Rugby)

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