The objective of this developed process is to increase both the quantity and quality of Irish players capable of entering the professional team structures in Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht.
The Provincial academies will work in very close alignment with the professional teams and their coaches and the new process is in keeping with best International practice in the Elite Team sport area.
The contracted academy players will undertake individualised physical, technical and skill development programmes coupled with all the relevant psychological and lifestyle management modules which are an integral part of this high calibre process.
The Chairman of the National Academy Board Mr. Patrick Whelan in introducing this new development stated, The new Provincial Academy structures places great emphasis on the individualised development of players to their maximum ability. It also places great responsibility on the Irish Provincial structures to ensure that the critical introduction and development processes at school and club level are integrated and synchronised to maximise the benefits of these new structures. Succession planning is a critical element in continued success. We believe these new academies in conjunction with our clubs/schools will deliver the levels of success we all wish to achieve in the future.
The Academy Board believes that this high quality programme will increase the number of Irish professionals capable of meeting the challenges at Celtic European and International level in the years ahead.