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Gosforth Academy Sixth Form and Newcastle Falcons RFC have enjoyed a strong and robust partnership for over a decade. This relationship has developed to provide a highly successful programme that has various aspects with real benefits in terms of progression and experience for those involved.

Although students are selected and invited to join the AASE Scheme, we also welcome students coming from other schools to take part in the wider rugbyrelated activities that take place in the school.

The AASE Scheme was initially developed by the RFU and Skills Active to provide talented young rugby players with an opportunity to enhance their rugby development whilst continuing in education. The Newcastle Falcons AASE Scheme is based within the Sixth Form at Gosforth Academy.

Players on the AASE Scheme will complete a formal education in rugby, alongside their main A Level/BTEC courses and can expect up to 12 hours of rugby development per week built into their school timetable. The scheme is co-ordinated and supported by the Newcastle Falcons Academy and has a highly competitive playing programme in the AASE League. Recruitment takes place each year during a player’s U16 season and the experience shows that the level of value added whilst a player is on the AASE Scheme far outweighs any other rugby programme in the region.

Previous participants in the scheme include George McGuigan and Callum Chick who have both become regulars for Newcastle Falcons in recent seasons, as well as a host of others achieving scholarship or professional contracts with the club. In the past two seasons, this has included Tom Marshall, Morgan Passman, Callum Pascoe and Oscar Caudle all of whom came to Sixth Form from other schools.

All students who are enrolled onto the AASE Scheme enjoy timetables lessons focused on performance analysis, the development of skills and various training activities under the management of our Rugby Coordinator. They also take part in the prestigious National AASE League. The team has reached the national finals held at Allianz Park in London on a number of occasions. Students on this scheme will have access to coaching and facilities both in school and at Kingston Park through Newcastle Falcons.