An initial pool of players will be selected by the RFU International Performance Development staff for the BMW Performance Academy from across the existing elite age-grade development programmes who have a chance of playing for England in the RWC in 2019.
Based on their considered potential to graduate to the elite England team, members of the BMW Performance Academy will receive tailored support to help them progress over the next 2 to 4 years.
The player, club and the RFU will work together to create an Individual Performance Plan (IPP which sits alongside and compliments the players club plan) to ensure that the bespoke skills, behaviours and physical qualities required for that particular individual are accelerated. The close relationship with the club in the development of this plan is very important to its success and a vital component to ensure a consistent approach.
BMW will facilitate the sharing of expertise and skills held by the array of BMW ambassadors, Olympians, TV personalities and industry leaders to impart knowledge to Academy members on a range of topics, for example London 2012 quadruple gold medal winner David Weir.