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Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Scholarship Programme

The Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club and the Trailfinders Rugby Academy are fully committed to discovering and developing the most promising and aspirational players to support their journey towards professional rugby.

This rugby scholarship programme is in conjunction with Brunel University London, allowing you to gain a degree to set you up for the rest of your life academically, as well as pursuing a professional rugby career with a full-time rugby programme.


The Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club

Ealing Trailfinders are currently the 14th best rugby team in England and play professionally in the Greene King IPA Championship, the second tier of English rugby. The progression has been significant year-on-year, winning both the British and Irish Cup and the Championship Cup in the last two seasons. They have set their sights on becoming a Premiership club in the near future. 

About our scholarship

The Club offers a comprehensive full-time rugby scholarship programme which is run by over 20 full-time staff. In order to ensure consistency, the management for the scholarship programme are closely aligned with the first team, allowing seamless transition. The extensive coaching on offer includes expert throwing, kicking and scrum coaches as well as the backs, forwards and skills coaches who oversee the day-to-day rugby activity.

As a scholar you have the opportunity to train with the first team at Ealing Trailfinders, meaning that you are immediately exposed to international standard players to help your development. Scholars may also get invited to attend the full pre-season training with the club. There is a full-time team of physiotherapists, nutritionists, psychologists as well as a Chaplaincy who provide unrivalled professional and pastoral support to the scholarship programme.

What we include within the scholarship

  • cash bursary (based on scholarship application and Rugby CV)
  • financial assistance with university accommodation and tuition fees
  • weekly elite level coaching from Ealing Trailfinders team of professional coaches
  • bespoke strength & conditioning programme set by Ealing Trailfinders S&C coaches
  • free medical support from Brunel’s and Ealing Trailfinders' medical teams including free weekly massage
  • free sports psychology support
  • university accommodation next to Brunel sports facilities with other sport scholars
  • free access to Brunel’s sports facilities including the Indoor Athletics Centre and strength & conditioning gym
  • free access to Brunel’s Lancaster Hotel spa facilities on campus which include ice pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room
  • free Brunel sports scholarship and Ealing Trailfinders training kit
  • season ticket access to Ealing Trailfinders’ Greene King IPA Championship campaign
  • work experience and networking opportunities to support your degree
  • access to industry professionals and education to teach life skills associated with becoming a performance scholar

How can I apply for the Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Scholarship Programme and need more information

The scholarship programme is open for men and women. Last year we were delighted to receive applications from regions including England, Wales, Ireland, Hong Kong and South Africa.

If you would like to apply for an Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Academy scholarship or discuss your eligibility before you apply, please email us to academy@etprm.com. To complete your application, please make sure you attach a cover letter, Rugby CV and Rugby Highlights reel to your email.

Application deadlines

  • For September 2020:
    • First application deadline: Wednesday 15 January 2020
    • Second application deadline: Friday 5 July 2020
    • Third application deadline: Friday 4 September 2020. Applications after 4 September 2020 will be accepted for a waiting list and places will be offered only if places become available in the programme
  • For September 2021:
    • First application deadline: Friday 15 January 2021
    • Second application deadline: Friday 2 July 2021
    • Third application deadline: Friday 3 September 2021. Applications after 3 September 2021 will be accepted for a waiting list and places will be offered only if places become available in the programme

After reviewing your online application, you will be contacted by Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club. If your online application is satisfactory, you will be assessed by the Club’s Academy Team. Our Head of Recruitment is responsible for our talent identification team who attend and review school and club matches as well as AASE and Premiership Academy League games to give us the best possible information across the talent landscape. You will be contacted after your assessment is finished by the Club about the final outcome of your scholarship application. 

Please note that you will need to make two separate applications and meet the entry requirements both of the rugby scholarship programme and a foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate or research course at Brunel University London.

Team Brunel Rugby Union

The partnership between Ealing Trailfinders and Brunel University London means that the Club oversees the men’s and women’s performance programmes at the University. Brunel Rugby Union field four teams on a weekly basis, three men’s XVs and one Women's XV.  They have BUCS fixtures every Wednesday. With the first XV performance squad aspiring to reach BUCS Super Rugby status in the next three years, which is the top level, the programme supports it’s scholars with in-season and out of season programmes. Interested applicants can find out more by contacting a member of the Academy team on the academy@etprm.com email, who can help you arrive in the best possible condition. The Trailfinders Rugby Academy also has access to a large number of rugby playing opportunities across it’s network of partner clubs.

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