James Buckland


  • Academy Director
  • Tutor, Assessor
  • 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)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
    (Enrolled Oct 2017)
  • DBS (Aug 2017)


  • Aylesbury RFC Mini/Junior
  • Rugby Player
    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


‘‘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 rugby career. I personally made a lot of sacrifices in relation to my education and life outside of rugby, so that I could pursue my dream. This I feel gives me a unique insight in to how to both approach and affect change in the lives of the next generation. I am very excited with the opportunity to support the academy’s integrated approach to our student’s continued rugby development, their educational or career progressions and promoting a sustainable life balance”