Approved by the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the FFR, the Racing Academy was founded in 2007. As a reward for its work over the last 7 years, it has just been ranked as the Number 1 French Academy, a decision based on sporting criteria, academic success and the quality of its facilities. Its new objective is to achieve category 1 ranking.
In October 2012, the Training Centre moved to the new Le Plessis-Robinson site, alongside the first team, and with new facilities: offices, classrooms, artificial and grass pitches, bodybuilding room and a new accommodation centre offering bedsit and double-room accommodation for trainees.
The centre, shared with the professionals, should provide an extra source of motivation for the twenty trainees aged from 17 to 20 who play in all our teams: Under-19s and Under-22s. Many of them have emerged from our rugby school, and some are the result of local talent-spotting organised by the club through the Ile-de-France committee and its 45,000 registered members.
When they join the training centre, all our players are interviewed to find out about their long-term career and life plans. The centre managers then have the role of supporting and helping trainees put their plans into operation.
A week organised into three areas :
Schoolwork, rugby and living as a group
Individual preparation and careful monitoring of all our young players
Another vision of rugby and sport through workshops, mental preparation, video sessions and the intervention of specialists from different environments (the business world, medias etc.)
Coaches, fitness trainers, physiotherapists and totally dedicated technical staff.
« Racing hasn't just helped us to become professional players. It has helped us to become independent, responsible people ».
Fabrice Metz (Ex-resident of the Racing Academy)