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Trailfinders Trojans

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Looking towards the future
Trailfinders Trojans aim is to launch a senior women ’ s team and these two programmes will play an integral part in its success .
In 2021 , Ealing Trailfinders outlined ambitions to become a world class hub for female rugby players , which will now fall under the Trailfinders Trojans name and be an integral part of Ealing Trailfinders .

Starting at Henley College for U18 ’ s , the programme is led by Kim Oliver , former Bristol Bears Women Head Coach , who was capped 43 times by England .

Whilst the rugby programme requires a high level of commitment , the academic programme comes first . Students are encouraged to stay on top of their studies , with the rugby staff providing pastoral support in helping the students to manage their time effectively . The College has a diverse academic offer to suit the needs of the student , including varied A Levels and a wide range of BTEC and vocational courses . The second part of the Academy is Brunel University where players combine a fulltime rugby programme with a degree . This programme is led by Steve Wagstaff , who re-joined the academy coaching team this summer , having previously worked for the club back in 2014 .
Speaking about the programme , Trailfinders Trojans Head Coach Steve Wagstaff , has spoken on his excitement for the future . “ The facilities , the quality of coaching and the professional experience the programme offers , alongside an opportunity to gain a degree produces one of the best environments for women ’ s rugby at University in the country .
“ This year will see the development of a fixture list alongside the BUCS schedule which will offer excellent challenges for the teams , the development of a Sevens squad and an increased partnership with clubs and Schools . This is an exciting time to be part of the most comprehensive partnership of women ’ s rugby and University education ” Steve explained .
Brunel have previously been a powerhouse in university rugby , winning two British championships with the aim of repeating those achievements during the partnership with Ealing Trailfinders .
It has over 2,240 sports members across 56 different sports whilst being ranked in the top third of universities worldwide .
Both programmes are supported on and off the field by a team of professional coaches , analysts , physios , nutritionist and strength and conditioning staff .
Careers off the field are just as important for the players as their rugby and they are proud of the work that their Player Development Manager , Lou Meadows does to prepare students for their careers after university and for some , life away from rugby .
Looking towards the future Trailfinders Trojans aim is to launch a senior women ’ s team and these two programmes will play an integral part in its success .
Trailfinders Sports Club have two 4G pitches , two grass pitches , three gyms , an analysis suite , private chefs , and a medical area . A new indoor training centre is currently being built ready for opening on November 25th 2021 .
Brunel University London boast world class facilities , their rugby resources meant that France used the campus as a base for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England . A new state of the art 3G pitch has been built to match what we have at Ealing Trailfinders , ensuring consistency between both venues . A rugby specific gym is also under construction at Brunel University and due to open in November 2021 , with the clubs aim to provide all their players with all the tools they need to succeed .
Trailfinders Trojans would encourage any player to get in touch and see what they can offer .
For more information on the programmes please email steve . wagstaff @ etprm . com
CONTACT THE CLUB Castle Bar Vallis Way West Ealing London , W13 ODD
020 8799 0404 www . ealingtrailfinders . com
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