We believe in supporting aspiring players to maximising their potential on and off the field — by having a excellent programme focused on you. Our outcomes are directed at developing your technical, tactical, mental and physical knowledge and performance which is supported through outstanding coaching resources. This programme will introduce you to professional habits around preparation, performance and review that will enable you to reach your potential. We do this with a professional academy programme starting in November and ending in August.

Andy Gibson - Academy Manager
Andy is also the clubs Rugby Development Officer and will head the academy. Andy is currently the Shirley Boys’ High School 1st XV Head Coach and the Junior Knights Backs/Attack Coach. Andy has previously been involved with the Canterbury U19’s as the backs and team attack coach.

Resource coaches will be brought in from the New Brighton Ex player community, CRFU and NZRU to give expertise in position specific areas.

Logan Surridge - Academy Trainer
Current Crusaders Academy trainer, Logan will lead our academy players strength and conditioning programmes.