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MacDowellRugby Island Academy

         MacDOWELLRUGBY is excited to partner with the Cowichan Valley School District to bring the MacDOWELLRUGBY Academy Island Program to Cowichan Secondary School. The program began in 2022/23 and will hopefully continue to develop athletes and help students chase their dreams for many years to come. With a proven track record of helping foster excellence in students, MacDOWELLRUGBY's Island Program at Cowichan Secondary School not only focuses on building the skills for a successful career in rugby and strong academics, but also fosters community leadership in all students. The program is open to students of all abilities and levels in grades 8-12. In addition to regular classes, students also take classes on the principles of sport, athletic leadership, and rugby.

"As a board we are committed to providing the highest quality of educational experiences to our students. Offering a world-class rugby academy for students in the valley and beyond truly fits that mandate," said Candace Spilsbury, Chair of the Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley.

Important Information About MacDOWELLRUGBY Academy
  • Earn phys-ed and leadership credits through MacDOWELLRUGBY Academy 

  • Rugby specific training in all areas of the game

  • Complete athletic performance programs developed by renowned strength and conditioning coaches

  • Take your rugby career to new heights through new rugby, academic, and life opportunities

  • Homestay are available for all out-of-town student athletes

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