Thursdays – 18:00~19:20

17:45~17:55, Free time/self warm up
17:55~19:15, Class

10-14 years old

Age groups flexible

What does “ACADEMY” mean in Japan?

In Japan a Rugby “Academy” is somewhere that provides an opportunity for children (usually elementary and junior high school children) to have weekday, after-school rugby practice.

An Academy is not a team. Players from different schools and different “Rugby Schools” (weekend junior rugby teams) can attend and practice together. In Japan, “Rugby Schools” are typically organized by volunteer coaches and staff. As they have busy day jobs, they are typically unable to run activities on weekdays.

The SQUIRES Academy is unique because it is run in English.

All are welcome to join, including boys and girls. You can join if you are a rugby player but have not found somewhere suitable to continue enjoying rugby in Japan, if you are a member of another club or school, if you attend other academies or even if you do not play rugby yet but want to start.

As an academy is not a team, no matches are arranged with other teams. We can suggest teams (“Rugby Schools”) players who join the class may want to try for competitive rugby opportunities. We also have some links with teams who occasionally offer the opportunity for SQUIRES “Academy” members to join them for friendly fixtures.

2019 Autumn Season Dates:

Thurs Aug 29th
Thurs Sept 5th
Thurs Sept 12th
Thurs Sept 19th
Thurs Oct 10th
Thurs Oct 17th
Thurs Oct 24th
Thurs Nov 7th
Thurs Nov 14th
Thurs Nov 21st
Thurs Nov 28th
Thurs Dec 5th

The cost of attending the 2019 ‘Off-Season’ sessions is ¥15,600 (includes 12 sessions, and sports insurance cover). For those joining for the first time this season, formal enrolment may be after participation in a trial class (trial class participation is limited to 1 class per person). Regretfully we can not refund the cost of an individual class if absent due to personal reasons etc. If you join later during the season, the season fee can be adjusted to the number of weeks remaining.

Venue – Peverley Place

This is an outdoor sports complex owned by Saint Maur International School, a short walk from the main campus of both Saint Maur and the Yokohama International School.

It can be found by searching for Yamate Orient Football Club and Academy on Google Maps.

The nearest train station is Motomachi-Chukagai (12 min walk).

Street View of Peverley Place entrance

Peverley Place from above
Peverly Place from Above


3 Chome-84 Chiyozakichō
Naka-ku, Yokohama

Can I play full contact rugby at SQUIRES Academy?

Contact and tackle skills will be covered, but the practice sessions in this class are modified to reduce risk of injury as far as possible. Games within the class will be variations of touch rugby.

Is Peverley Place a rugby pitch?

No. Peverley Place is an outdoor sports facility, primarily for Futsal (5-a-side soccer). This is sufficient for rugby skills training and small-sided practice games. The surface is artificial, meaning it’s reliable and classes do not have to be cancelled in wet weather. There are floodlights enabling use after dark.


SQUIRES ACADEMY and SQUIRES CLUB TEAM are run by native English-speaking coach Roy Yorke. Roy has worked with Rugby Park Japan (which established the very first Japanese style “Academy” in 2010) for 4 years, coaches at a number of International schools and is qualified as a Level 2 coach by both the RFU (England) and the ARU (Australia).

Rugby x English

This is an opportunity to train for rugby with native English-speakers. Japanese players who want to practice their English skills within their favourite sport are welcome.


A free trial session can be attended before registering. To arrange this please email and let us know the following:

    – Name of participant
    – Date of Birth
    – Level of rugby experience
    – Emergency telephone number
    – Name of parent
    – Preferred contact email address
    – Date of attendance for trial class
    – Any special notes


We are seeking sponsors to support development of our youth rugby program. Please contact


We are seeking volunteers to support development of our youth rugby program, particularly in a Team Manager / Fixture Secretary-type role. This will ideally be someone with both English and Japanese language skills, and some knowledge of the Japanese youth rugby environment. Please contact

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