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 (Aug 2017)


  • Rugby Player
    Aylesbury RFC, Leicester Tigers, London Wasps, London Irish and England Saxons
  • Head Coach
    London Scottish, London Welsh, Ealing Trailfinders
  • 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 took an unconventional route into professional rugby. Initially playing and then coaching at the elite level, I often referred back to the values instilled in me at a young age, such as commitment, resilience and the enjoyment I experienced from being part of a team. I am always thankful, as those values assisted me throughout the ups and downs of my professional rugby career. I personally made sacrifices in relation to my continued education so that I could play rugby at the highest level. This experience gives me an insight in to how to both approach and affect change in the lives of the next generations of aspiring players. I am very excited with the opportunity to support the academy’s integrated approach to enabling our student’s to continue their rugby development in combination with their education, promoting a sustainable life balance”