Glendale U20 Program Begins August

July 7, 2017

Glendale U20 Program Begins August


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Glendale Rugby Release: July 7, 2017

Glendale Rugby’s recently announced Men’s U20 tier of competition Elite Development Program (EDP) will kick off on August 1, 2017. The program will focus on giving young rugby athletes advanced technical and tactical training on-field, as well as valuable off-field education in leadership, communication and more.

The program aims to fill a recognized gap in American rugby that makes it hard for high school-level athletes to find high-performance opportunities to further their rugby careers after graduation. Surrounded by a full-time professional staff, athletes participating in the program will receive guidance and exposure to elite-level opportunities nationally, internationally, and professionally. Director of Rugby Mark Bullock states, “Our U20 Elite Development Program contributes to the Glendale pathway for elite athletes looking to participate in a professional environment.”

The EDP team will compete against collegiate teams in the West Collegiate Division, smaller collegiate sides in the larger metro-Denver and Colorado area, local club teams in the region, and eventually, U20 teams affiliated with Major League Rugby. EDP athletes will be eligible to train and compete with the Glendale Raptors Elite Men’s (Major League Rugby), as well as USA Rugby Division I and II teams from day one.

To date, Glendale has undertaken a massive recruiting effort, including sending scouts and having a presence at the Rocky Mountain Challenge and Great Northwest Challenge Regional Cup Tournaments. They are continuing to recruit and all potential candidates are encouraged to visit > The Teams > U20 Men to learn more about the program and fill out the Player Prospect Form to officially apply.

Head Coach Dave Synnott commented on the Rocky Mountain Challenge saying, “Attending the Rocky Mountain Challenge was a great experience. It’s one of the best Regional Cup Tournaments in the country and it definitely delivered. There was some top-notch talent on display. Glendale is looking to guide young men through to success, on and off the field, and these are the types of athletes we’re looking at to get the job done.”

As part of the recruiting effort, Glendale Rugby is also building a network of partners within the state of Colorado and around the United States to develop a complete pathway for young to aspiring professional athletes. Glendale has already secured one such relationship with Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, the nation’s premier U18 academy program and one of the official pathways to the High School All-Americansquad.

A team roster and schedule will be announced soon.

Coaches and Staff | Glendale Rugby
Glendale Men’s U20s Head Coach: Dave Synnott
Glendale Men’s U20s Assistant Coach: John McGuire
Director of Rugby: Mark Bullock
Director of Rugby Development: Luke Gross
Glendale Raptors Head Coach: David Williams
Glendale Raptors Assistant Coach: Kieran Browner
Senior Coordinator: Jackson Thom
Medical Director: Amy Valenta
Strength & Conditioning: Nico Rithner
Sports Psychology: Katie Wurst

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