Dragons Academy


The Dragons Junior Rugby Academy started formally in 2010 when the partnership with Dragons RFC was formulated. The Dragons Junior Rugby Academy works in partnership with the Dragons to allow players to combine their academic studies with their rugby playing development. The Academy has attracted players from all over Gwent to upskill while opening up the opportunity to enter the world of professional rugby.   

Coleg Gwent, WRU Partnerships in Education and Dragons logos


The Dragons Rugby Academy allows budding professional players to develop the right physical, technical, tactical and psychological skills to become a future professional player. 

The Academy training sessions include skill development, strength and conditioning, team preparation, analysis (individual and team), one to one coaching and off field development sessions. Students benefit from having 16 hours a week of dedicated training from Dragons coaches, as part of a two-year development programme alongside their studies. 

The Academy is open to all players and runs two teams, the 1st XV competes in the WRU Welsh Colleges and School League where weekly fixtures are live streamed with game highlights featuring on S4C Rygbi Pawb . The 2nd XV fixtures mirror the 1st XV in the first term as well as play in their own league after Christmas. 


Our Rugby Academy is successful in winning having won the elite WRU Welsh Colleges and Schools league on 2 occasions, 2013 and 2020. The academy has produced 52 age grade internationals and three full internationals in Tyler Morgan (Dragons, Scarlet, Wales, Wales 7’s), Elliot Dee (Dragons, Wales) and Olli Griffiths (Dragons, Wales). Many former players are playing across the WRU leagues whilst over 100+ players have represented Dragons RFC U18 during their time at Coleg Gwent.  

2022/23 Season achievements  

  • WRU Colleges and Schools Bowl Finalist 
  • Harri Ackerman Wales U20 
  • Harry Rees-Weldon Wales U18 
  • Ioan Duggan Wales U18 
  • Five Dragons Academy players
  • 15 players Dragons U18
  • Eight players Dragons U17 


To find out more about what the Academy can do for you, email 

Steven Llewellyn

Steven Llewellyn  

Our team manager and assistant forward’s coach. WRU Level 3 qualified, Steve has organised once-in-a-lifetime rugby tours across South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia.  Coleg Gwent lecturer for over 26 years. 

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones  

A former professional rugby player and senior Welsh international player. 

WRU Level 3 qualified, Matthew is the rugby academy coordinator and head coach of the male Academy and has been employed at Coleg Gwent for 10 years.  

Scott Matthews

Scott Matthews 

Scott is a former Coleg Gwent student, professional player and Welsh age grade international. WRU Level 3 qualified, Scott is the forwards coach of the male academy and has been in the post for 6 years. 

Foundation Degree in Rugby

The Rugby Academy has gained University of South Wales accredited status enabling the delivery of a USW Foundation Degree in Rugby. 

Dragons academy player running with ball

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