About Inside Running Academy

New Zealand’s leading full time rugby academy and operating since 2010, Inside Running Academy offers a range of Camps and Services that are entirely focused on player’s present and future development.

We will teach you how to become the best player that you can be through comprehensive training schedules, expert coaching and support staff, state of the art methodology and world-class training facilities.

Additionally, you’ll experience a taste of quintessential New Zealand rugby culture — while based at one of New Zealand’s top beach resort locations.

Our Camps:

We offer two core full time Academy Camp options, ranging from 5 days through to 35 weeks.
Our Long Term Development and intensive 5-day Player Development Camps will expose you to some of New Zealand’s leading coaches, and show you how to train and play to your full potential using tools to continue your development.

Long Term Development Camps

4 week to 35 week options available at Inside Running Academy, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand from January to September each year. Live the dream as a full-time rugby player.

Player Development Camps

5 day camps available at Inside Running Academy, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand in January and September annually. Come away with a detailed player development plan to accelerate your development as a player.

Our Staff:

Key Coaching Team:

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson | Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Passionate about combining science with coaching to create development-focused training environments and with significant S&C experience, Tim has worked with various groups of athletes ranging from NZ age group football teams to school rowing groups. More recently Tim has been helping develop athletes of all ages at St Kentigern College, Auckland, together with studying toward post-graduate qualifications in strength and conditioning and athlete development.

Mike Roger

Mike Rogers | Academy Director & Coach

Mike has worked in the sports management, coaching and rehabilitation sectors for the past 13 years and has a real passion for athlete development. Since the establishment of Inside Running Academy during 2010, Mike’s career highlights include: Tauranga Sports Rugby Premier Coach 2010-2015 (Baywide Champions 2010, 2013 & 2015), Bay of Plenty U19 Rugby Coach 2015-17, Establishment of: Inside Running (2003) | Foundation Sports & Rehab Clinic (2013) and THE ATHLETE FACTORY NZ (2016).

Clayton McMillan

Head Coach, Bay of Plenty Mitre 10 Cup Team.

Rodney Gibbs

Assistant Coach, Bay of Plenty Mitre 10 Cup Team.

Damian Karauna

Head Coach, Japan National 7s Team, Former Assistant Coach, All Blacks 7s.

Marty Bourke

BOP U19 Coach 2017, BOP NPC Development Coach 2015-2016.

Zane Winslade

Tauranga Sports Premier Coach 2016-2017. Qualified Sports Psychologist.

Additionally we access a number of other local and international coaches together with current professional players to deliver sessions for Inside Running Academy.


Nicky October

Nicky October | Administration & Accommodation Manager

Nicky and Mike Rogers form the core Management Team at Inside Running Academy.
Within her role of Administrator and Accommodation Manager, Nicky and her husband, Mikaere, live at Academy Lodge full time to ensure that players receive the required support and adhere to our accommodation code of conduct.
Nicky is also a qualified Immigration consultant and is able to provide advice on visa matters.

Our Facilities:

The Athlete Factory

The Athlete Factory
The Athlete Factory
The Athlete Factory
The Athlete Factory

Early 2016 Inside Running Academy relocated to its own purpose-built training facility called THE ATHLETE FACTORY. The all-weather facilities include: 300m2 of high performance gym space | 3 x 44m of running track • 600m2 of turf | On-site physiotherapy, nutritionist, sports massage and sports psychology services | Academy meeting and seminar rooms | Academy offices.

This facility has been designed specifically for our requirements and is without question the best rugby performance centre in New Zealand. Find out more: www.theathletefactory.nz

Blake Park

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Blake Park is a purpose-built rugby union facility with three full sized rugby fields and is renowned for its hard and fast surface. Less than 50 metres from Academy Lodge and the training venue for the AllBlacks Sevens team, we hold all Academy outdoor skills sessions at this venue.


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We take advantage of the unique natural training environment of Mt Maunganui — our local mountain (Mauao) and our sensational beaches. 232 metres in height, we use Mauao for our conditioning and team building activities.

Academy Lodge

Academy Lodge

In 2015 Inside Running Academy established its very own accommodation complex, Academy Lodge. Housing up to 20 Academy members on a mostly twin-share basis, the Lodge has eight bedrooms with shared communal bathrooms, kitchen, lounge and deck and is just 500 metres walk from the beach. Live-in managers, Nicky and Mikaere, provide guidance and support to players, together with food provisions (breakfast and lunch meals on a self-catered basis).


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All players are placed with local club and school teams where they get to experience putting into action their learnings from the Academy as well as enjoying the world famous New Zealand rugby culture.


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Get in Touch

Get in touch with the Team at Inside Running Academy:
Academy Director, Mike Rogers: mike@insiderunning.com Academy Administrator, Nicky October: nicky@insiderunning.com
+64 21 784 839
Office Phone:+64 574 2319
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