The Rugby Academy is a partnership between the college, Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW), and provides an environment for students to develop their skills to professional or semi-professional standard while continuing with their education.

Teams play in the RFU Elite U18s League and take part in English Schools and British Colleges fixtures, 10s and 7s tournaments and various other fixtures.

Students are encouraged to gain the Community Sports Leader Award (CSLA), a first aid certificate and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, in order to improve their overall employability.

As one of only 12 male academies linked with Aviva Premiership clubs and one of only three RFUW-backed female academies, we also offer the potential for talented school leavers to follow an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).