The King's Rugby Academy was established in 2007. Many of the intakes have gone on to make Otago representative sides as well as NZ U17 Training Squads.

The Academy’s primary role is to assist in the development of our promising young players so they can reach their potential.

How the Academies are structured:

The Academies are split into three groups, comprising of 10-12 players:

  • Year 9A
  • Year 9B
  • Year 10

Academies are selected from a combination of physical and skill testing during the last two weeks of Term 1.

Students will be allocated one gym session per week out of class time and one session per week during class time.

Year 9A:        Coach: Mr. Paterson (U14 Panthers) and
                     Coach: Mr. Belcher (Southern Colts)
                     Class time: Friday Period 2
                     Gym time: Monday 7am

Year 9B:        Coach: Mr. Alderton (King's 1st XV) and
                     Coach: Mr. Miller (U15 Panthers)
                     Class time: Friday Period 4
                     Gym time: Wednesday 7am

Year 10:         Coach: Mr. Miller
                     Class time: Friday Period 2
                     Gym time: Monday 3pm

Year 10’s will also each be allocated their own personal development diary to be filled out for the duration of their season.


The academy is runs throughout Terms 2 and 3.

Discipline of the Academy:

Each student has to complete a conditional contract ensuring that they adhere to an acceptable level of attendance, behaviour, dress and performance as well as catching up on any school work missed while at academy sessions.

Guest Coaches:

King’s are fortunate enough to have quality coaches and old boys including, Ben Smith, Jason McDonald, Tony Brown and Karl Bloxham.


There is a nominal charge to assist with the maintenance of gear. 

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