Build a Career in Rugby with ARIA's Intense Training Programme

Friday 1 November 2019, 12:43PM
By Beckie Wright

Auckland Rugby International Academy’s (ARIA) high performance programme is a specialist rugby training programme for a duration of 4 to 12 weeks that is focused on athletic skill development.

The programme is ideal for athletes who have had a minimum playing experience of five years. It includes five strength and conditioning sessions per week. The four technical and tactical sessions per week includes core skills, position specific, set piece attack and defensive systems and kicking. The programme also focuses on effective use of analysis to advance the game. There are two analysis sessions per four week cycle. In order to introduce athletes to the mental aspect of the game thee is one mental skills session per four week cycle.

There is a comprehensive personalised programme report available to the athlete. The course also comes with an apparel package that has a tracksuit jacket, shorts, singlet and t-shirt. Nutrition, mental skills, personal and professional development are integrated in with the on-field development, to ensure that when the progression to professional rugby takes place, the players have the knowledge, tools and confidence to perform at that level. There is a strong emphasis on ensuring players understand the expectations of what they are aspiring to and have a clear understanding on how they are going to achieve their goals.

ARIA training also exposes international athletes to New Zealand culture. They can arrange homestays near Eden Park where most of the training is held. Accommodation, meals and laundry are covered in the costs. ARIA has a mix of global players and coaches. The coaches coordinating the sessions are almost exclusively from New Zealand and have vast experience in coaching at a representative level. The Academy has been creating opportunities for talent from around the world through their school, club and specialist programmes.

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