Elite Programme




Application Forms and 2014 Information Documents

Latest 2014 Information document can be found via www.sharksacademy.co.za  




Duration: 14 Days from 07 - 20 July 2014
Cost: ZAR 21 950

For the serious rugby player who wants to know exactly where he stands in terms of his true potential. This exclusive experience offers a glimpse of the world of professional rugby at this Super 14 team, based at the Mr Price Kings Park Stadium, Durban.
This 2 week intensive course is designed and run by the staff of the World Class Sharks Academy and will:

1. Develop young rugby talent into balanced individuals and possible future professionals.
2. Equip individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills that are required for a career in the rugby world.
3. Offer a unique, well-balanced programme of rugby skills, conditioning training, life skills and vocational education.

July 2014 – Full International course aimed at players worldwide.

This course is run exclusively by the Sharks Academy and this is fully explained in their course brochure above.
You will have to take out your own travel/general medical insurance.


You will be provided with the following clothing:
Sharks Academy – rugby jersey, polo shirt, two tee shirts, shorts, socks and back pack.


Safe and secure accommodation will be provided B&B style


All meals will be provided


All transport to Sharks Academy, club and community projects will be provided.


Rugby medical injury insurance will be provided. You will have to take out your own travel/general medical insurance.

Sharks Matches

You will be able to watch – dependent on month – Currie Cup or Super 14 matches at the 52,000 seater ABSA Stadium. Tickets available for Sale through the Sharks Academy.


To include visits to:

    •  PheZulu Village – a traditional working Zulu Village with a crocodile and snake park in the fabulous Valley of 1000 Hills.
    •  Tala Game Reserve – Game drive in Durban´s finest game reserve.
    •  uShaka Marine Park and Waterworld. – watch shark feeding time and enjoy the flumes in Africa´s largest marine and Water Park.


All flights are the responsibility of the player. South Africa and Durban are served by all major airlines. Durban has a new International airport, currently Emirates fly direct from UK to Durban via Dubai.



Elite Course 2012 DVD



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As the official representative of the Sharks Academy – the official academy of the Super Rugby giants, based at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban, South Africa...

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Sharks Academy Presentation 2013


6th November 2015:

The Sharks Academy was once again active in Wales, visiting local schools and clubs from Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 November to offer players an opportunity to attend the Sharks Academy Elite Camp in Durban from 26 June – 10 July 2016. Schools visited were Tasker Milward, St Davids, Sir Thomas Picton, Greenhill, Queen Elizabeth High School, Pembroke School, Pentrahafod and Gwyr Schools, and lastly Bishop Vaughan chool in Swansea. More than 300 players and coaches attended the presentations and coaching sessions over the 3 days.Clubs that were visited were Tenby RFC and Llandybie RFC, to run sessions for the 1st team and also discuss opportunities for players to visit the Sharks Academy.The visit was arranged through RDJ Sport’s Wales co-ordinator, Andrew Barlow, whoalso is assistant coach for the Lithuanian RFU National team.


More pictures available below.

14th of October 2015:

Applications now open

The Sharks Academy Elite Course will be taking place from 26 June to 10 July in Durban, South Africa. Applications are now open and places are starting to fill with
applications coming from Europe and the UK already, as well as South America and Middle East.


Sharks Academy Game

The Sharks Academy, in partnership with RDJ Sports Development Ltd and Mount St Mary’s school, hosted a rugby camp from 5-9 August at Mount St Mary’s School, and coaches present included Thinus Delport and Brian Liebenberg, as well as Grant Bell of Sharks Academy, Lwazi Ngcungama of Kirkby Lonsdale, Benjy Van Der Byl of Ulster Rugby as well as Unathi Kongwana and Ntsika Daka of the Eastern Cape.

Pictures to come...

Tuesday 19th of November:

RDJ Sports Development organised a successful Sharks Academy UK visit:

RDJ Sports Development is excited to report that the world-class South African Rugby Academy, the Sharks Academy, had a very successful visit to the UK. The Sharks Academy visited local schools and rugby clubs from 5 to 11 November through England and Wales.


The Sharks Academy was in England to invite all talented first team players from the major rugby schools and junior clubs aged 16 to 19/20 years to attend the annual Sharks Academy Elite Course being held from 7 to 20 July 2014 in Durban, South Africa at the Super Rugby Sharks Stadium.


The Sharks Academy made an impact with the local community in Surrey. At Surrey Park (Surrey University Sports Fields), a group of 30 students from the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), were coached by Etienne Fynn, Head Coach of the Sharks Academy, as well as several other coaches including Warren Abrahams of London Harlequins and Kris Finneran, a British Coach from South East England (Finneran had been to the Sharks on an exchange programme recently). Other coaches included the four RDJ Sports exchange students from South Africa: Senzo Mtshali from Kwazulu Natal, Phumlani Kongwana from the Eastern Cape, Janine Felix and Charmaine Kayser from the Western Cape.


RDJ Sports Development also organised the presence of Cathy Moruke, the 1st Secretary of the SA High Commission in Trafalgar Square at the coaching session. Some of the other invited guests were Warren Abrahams of London Harlequins, Corné Du Rand and Ross Peacock of London Scottish, Neil Wiltshire the Director of Rugby of Aylesford Bulls, Philip Smith of Old Reigatians in South West London, as well as several teachers from the AET Schools and Dom Fenton the Sports Manager of the AET.


Amongst the highlights was a visit to the prestigious Epsom College in Epsom where the first team players were spoken to, as well as assisting their first and second teams with a valuable scrimmaging session on their training fields.


Mr Richard De Jager, Director of RDJ Sports Development Ltd, commented on the first part of the tour: “The Coaching session was a great success and the AET students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the session. The AET have a long standing relationship with the Sharks Academy and SA Rugby, having sponsored several players from Disadvantaged Communities at the Sharks Academy.


The rest of the week included visits to Chatham House and other local schools as well as Thanet Wanderers Rugby Football Club in Thanet. Several schools and clubs in Wales were visited amongst them were: Ebbw Fawr School, Monmouth School, Ebbw Vale and Monmouth Rugby Football Club.


The tour concluded in South West England where time was spent at Millfield Grammar School, Bryanston and Claysmoore Grammar Schools.


“It was great to meet all the local schools in England and Wales and give them an insight into what the Sharks Academy can offer to British Rugby Players, should they wish to attend the Elite Course in Durban at the Super Rugby Stadium from 7-20 July 2014”, concludes Mr De Jager.


For more information on the Sharks Academy Elite Course, please visit www.sharksacademy.co.za or www.rdjsport.com for more details and recommendations from previous participants. You can also be in touch with Richard De Jager on richard@rdjsport.com for a visit to your first team rugby players and coaches.