Scion Rugby Academy Announces Summer Academy Program WASHINGTON, D.C. - The New Year marked a new beginning for Scion Rugby. Established in 2012, by Joanne Liu and Farrah Douglas, as a collaborative 7’s team in the Washington, DC area, the Scion Sirens were originally a club side focused on player development and full of young potential with a sprinkling of older experience. Since 2012, Scion hasn’t swayed from its focus of player development. In fact, the team and founders have increased their focus in this area, and in January of this year they upped their game and established the Scion Rugby Academy.
When the first group of Scion Sirens stepped on the field in 2012, they began the Scion climb to the top of the MARFU region standings. The Sirens made it to the National 7’s tournament this past year, with a very talented team, they unseated 11 time MARFU champions, NOVA as the top team in the MARFU region. Of course, Scion didn’t want to stop there, and the next logical step for the organization was the formation of an academy that would focus not only on performance but development from the high school level to the senior elite level.
Soon after the establishment of the Scion Rugby Academy, in January, three players joined the Academy as sponsored athletes—Stacey Bridges, Samantha Pankey and Kimber Rozier (all three play on the USA Women’s National 15’s Team). Working with Head Coach, Toshi Palamo, Bridges and Pankey, along with other Academy players in the area have been training semi-full-time since January, and Rozier has been playing 15’s in Ireland for the last few months.
This summer the Scion Rugby Academy will take its mission a step further and launch a Summer Academy Program that will run from June 1 to mid-August. The Summer Academy will accept women from both the senior and collegiate levels, and focus on both 7s and 15s player development. Players who are accepted into the Summer Academy will have the opportunity to hone their skills with coaches and former Eagles, Palamo and Farrah Douglas. They will also have the chance to work with international coaching consultants, and some of the country’s top notch physios, athletic trainers and sports professionals.
Athletes can expect at least three on-field training sessions with bi-weekly scrimmages and games, at least three gym training sessions at DC’s Best Gym, Balance Gym, mental skills, a functional movement analysis and discounted treatment by PhysioDC, a weekly high performance nutrition cooking class, and discounts from sponsors like BiPro USA, Body Armor and more. For more information on the Summer Academy, including how to apply, visit the ACADEMY link on our website (www.scionrugby.com) or email (email@example.com).
Scion Rugby Academy (www.scionrugby.com) is an official USA Rugby National Development Academy based in Washington, DC Metro. Scion [sy-on] is defined as a descendant; progeny; offshoot; a branch of a living tree and represents the importance of collaboration and unity in the greater rugby community. Scion Rugby Academy aims to develop high performance rugby athletes and serve as a designated pathway to the USA Eagles National Teams while contributing to the continued growth of the game by providing opportunities to train and compete at youth, HS, collegiate, select and elite levels. Full and part time training options are available along with support services essential to the development and sustainability of elite level athletes such as job support, sponsorship opportunities and housing assistance while they pursue their rugby dreams.