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Winter Training Academy for Elite Athletes

Registration for our 2023-2024 Academy is now open. Training will commence November 9th, 2023 and wrap up February 29th, 2024. 

Additional details can be found on our Academy page.

Academy 2023-2024

Foothills Lions RFC is proud to announce our 11th 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.

Training will be Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Thursday, November 9th, 2023, and running until the final session on Thursday, February 29th, 2024 All training will occur at the Cavalry FC Regional Field House located at 125 Field House Drive E, Aldersyde, AB.

Athletes with 2006 - 2012 birth years are eligible to participate.

This year's training will include three hours of rugby gameplay training and one hour of strength and conditioning. Strength and conditioning training will again be provided by professional strength and conditioning coach Olivia Mohtadi. All activities will be located in the Calvary FC Regional Field House.

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

Training Schedule

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

Planned schedule for Tuesdays is as follows:

  •  Group A: strength & conditioning 6:00 - 7:00pm, rugby skills 7:00 - 8:00pm; and
  • Group B: rugby skills 6:00 - 7:00pm, strength & conditioning 7:00 - 8:00pm.

On Thursdays, training will occur from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

There are usually some slight modification to days and times due to field house booking issues so the times and dates are approximate. This information will be updated as plans are finalized. See the club calendar for up to date information in late October.


All rugby skills and game play training will be planned and directed by club coaches. 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.