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Academy 2020-2021

Foothills Lions RFC is proud to announce our 8th annual FLRFC winter Rugby training Academy. Started in 2013 by the Club's (at that time) head coach and visionary technical director Jim Ryan, this training academy has become a standard fixture for training our top athletes.

The Academy program has been forced into a shortened, modified schedule this year due to government COVID restriction. Training will be Tuesdays and Fridays starting on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 and running until the final session on Friday, March 26th, 2021. All training will occur at the Crescent Point Regional Field House located at 125 Field House Drive, East
Okotoks, AB.

Athletes with 2003 - 2009 birth years are eligible to participate.

This year's training will include one hour of rugby skills development on Tuesdays and another hour on Fridays. All activities will be located in the Crescent Point Regional Field House.

Sessions will teach and improve technical skills and enforce game play behaviours applicable to all styles of rugby (15-a-side, 7-a-side, etc.).

Training Schedule

Due to COVID restrictions, training has had to be modified.

At the start of the training season, athletes will be split into separate groups for the training sessions and assigned one hour slots. 

Planned schedule for Tuesdays is as follows:

  • Cohorts #1 & #4: 5:30 - 6:30pm; and
  • Cohorts #2 & #3: 7:00 - 8:00pm.

On Fridays, training will occur as follows:

  • Cohorts #1 & #4: 6:00 - 7:00pm; and
  • Cohorts #2 & #3: 7:30 - 8:30pm.

There are some slight modification to days and times due to field house booking issues. See the club calendar for up to date information.


All rugby skills and game play training will be planned and directed by the club's senior coach Kade "Sunny" Mior along with Ryan Helash and Nate Marquardt. Our core coaching group will be joined by other club coaches working as on-field facilitators where required.

To continue to consolidate our club's game style and training techniques, Foothills Lions RFC is requesting that ALL individuals interested in coaching next year volunteer to assist with the Academy training sessions.

If you are interested in coaching or have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me or our Academy administrators.