James Buckland


  • Academy Director
  • Tutor
  • Rugby Coach


  • RFU Level 3 Rugby Coach
    (Aug 2012)
  • BA Hons Business Studies
    (Open Uni 2017)
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
    (City & Guilds April 2017)
  • DBS


  • Rugby Player
    Aylesbury RFC, Leicester Tigers, London Wasps, London Irish and England Saxons
  • Head Coach
    London Scottish, London Welsh,
  • Rugby Coaching Consultant
    London Irish, Newport Gwent Dragons, Russian National Team, Old Albanians, Buckinghamshire RFU


‘‘Having risen through the ranks at Aylesbury Rugby club I embraced the game at a young age and progressed into professional rugby, playing and then coaching at the elite level. I won two Premiership winners’ medals and six England Saxon Caps as a professional player and guided two high profile Championship clubs into Top 4 league positions as a coach. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my journey in rugby to date, the benefits have been great and I often refer back to the values instilled in me as a developing player, such as commitment, honesty and resilience. I also focus fondly on the relationships I forged and the enjoyment I experienced from being part of a team. Although to fulfill my rugby ambitions I had to make sacrifices in relation to my further and higher education and subsequent potential career choices. Therefore I am very excited with the opportunity to support the academy’s integrated approach to enabling our students to continue their rugby development in combination with their further education”