GAP Year

Our GAP Year programme is our signature long-term high performance programme with a strict entry requirement.

The purpose of these camps is to really zero in on what is going to take a player’s game to the next level.

The entry requirement for this camp is to either

  • Have attended one of our Player Development camps and be invited into the GAP Year Programme, or
  • To apply and be considered based on your skills and experience as a player, typically players need to have had a representative or academy experience in their home country to be offered a place at this camp.

This camp is available to both male and female athletes aged 17+.

Camp Durations

  • 12 weeks – $12,840
  • 20 weeks – $21,400

Camp Dates

To commence Sunday 5th January 2020. Please enquire for other start date options.

Athletes attending this camp can expect to receive the following:

Live the Dream. Live the life of a full-time professional rugby player in New Zealand.

Full-time training. Our academy programme is mirrored on how Super Rugby teams train in New Zealand in terms of frequency and intensity.

Game Experience. All academy players will take part in club or school rugby in New Zealand where they can test their skills against players of their age in New Zealand.

Detailed Skills Analysis. We use video technology to carry out detailed skills analysis on players attending this camp. This enables us to track improvement across key fundamental skill areas.

General and Position Specific Skill Development. We have a huge emphasis on skill development at Inside Running Academy. Players are exposed to some of New Zealand’s leading coaches, where we focus on learning through a specialised micro skills session 3 times per week, and a dedicated field-based skills session 3 times per week where we focus on learning through games based activity. In the GAP Year programme, we also empower players to develop a position-specific primer and skill development mini-session routine.

High Performance Strength & Conditioning. Players need to have experience Our strength and conditioning programme is focused on functional movement coaching before increasing load. Our first goal with all players is to get them moving effectively in the gym before we add load to build strength and power. All players are tested across key Strength and Conditioning measures at the start of their academy stay and then again at the conclusion.

Leadership & Personal Development. We develop leadership skills by first breaking down the barriers, getting players out of their comfort zone and building a safe environment where everyone feels like they belong and can be themselves. We then start to challenge players to develop their leadership skills through academy training activities.

Education. All players will attend workshops on Mental Skills, Game Review, Performance Analysis, Sports Nutrition and Injury Prevention & Recovery.

Continued Development. All players are required to develop a plan on how they are going to continue to develop their rugby when they return home. This is our key point of difference as we see attending Inside Running Academy as just the start of the player’s development journey.

Academy inclusions. Accommodation, meals*, Samurai training apparel, Transport to and from sessions, all training sessions etc.

Download our Weekly Training programme here
Download our FAQs document here

How to Enrol

Click here to enrol:
Or for more info:
+64 21 784 839 | +64 7 574 2319

Get in Touch

Get in touch with the Team at Inside Running Academy:

Academy Director, Mike Rogers:
[email protected]
Academy Administrator, Nicky October:
[email protected]

+64 21 784 839

Office Phone: +64 574 2319
Mike’s Mobile Phone:

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