Beechen Cliff School and Bath Rugby are working in partnership to develop promising young rugby players in the Bath Rugby catchment area. The Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme, which they deliver together, aims to provide an outstanding rugby and academic development program for talented young players to achieve their potential both on and off the pitch.  The partnership provides a much-needed state school pathway to high level rugby, to mirror the well-established and successful existing partnerships that Bath Rugby has with a number of independent schools.

As part of the programme, Beechen Cliff enters a sixth form team into the RFU’s National AASE League, playing fixtures against the AASE School/Colleges of the other 11 Aviva Premiership Clubs. The AASE League is at a very high standard of rugby, but with Bath Rugby’s support in areas such as strength and conditioning, match analysis, positional coaching and physiotherapy, the players have the best opportunity to achieve their full potential.

A number of Beechen Cliff students are already involved with Bath’s Academy and they are reinforced by others joining the Sixth Form on the AASE programme.  The programme is targeted primarily at 16 year old rugby players from within Bath’s catchment of Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset, some of whom board in the school’s new boarding house.

What are the benefits of ASSE?

Players are working within the optimum environment to realise their sporting and academic potential.
Players are concentrated in a local school so that they have their education together, train and play together encouraging motivation and team spirit.
Players are provided with outstanding educational provision; Government funded.
Players have access to a high quality curriculum with students accessing an academic A level programme. A bespoke curriculum will be discussed for players not meeting the minimum entry requirement onto the A level programme.
Players benefit from a rugby programme that is managed and delivered by high quality coaches and staff at both school and club.
Players have access to top quality training and playing facilities, both at school and at Farleigh House
Players have access to top quality Strength and Conditioning facilities, following individualised training programmes set by Bath Rugby S&C staff.
Players receive a minimum of 12 rugby-related hours a week, two terms of rugby competition and a summer term of rugby development.
Players have access to the best of off-field support from Bath Rugby and school Medical, Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy professionals.
Players are exposed to a highly competitive environment in which to test themselves; The AASE League is the highest standard of schoolboy rugby available.
Players are given the best opportunity of progression towards the professional game and International age grade representative sides.
Players have access to a viable State School alternative to the traditional independent school sports scholarship for 16-19 year olds.
Players can, if necessary, take advantage of the school’s boarding facilities.
Players not securing a professional contract are guided to alternative Higher Education pathways.

If you have more questions about the AASE rugby programme being delivered Beechen Cliff School and Bath Rugby please contact:

Sean Turner (AASE Rugby Programme Leader)   sean.turner@beechencliff.org.uk