Western Force Fortescue Academy Officially Launched
The Western Force is thrilled to announce the official launch of our Academy.
The ultimate aim of the Western Force Fortescue Academy is to ensure the club is the number one nurturer and producer of local rugby talent in the country, with the ambition for those within the program to become fully-fledged Western Force and Wallabies players.
Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) will continue its successful partnership with the club as a major partner. The multi-year deal includes exclusive naming rights for the newly formed Academy.
“As a proud Western Australian company, Fortescue is delighted to support the Western Force Fortescue Academy, providing a pathway for West Australians to reach the highest levels of the code,” Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines said.
“Fortescue has a longstanding association with rugby in WA, supporting the efforts of volunteers and sportspeople who contribute to the strength, resilience and diversity of our communities through sport.”
The Academy will maintain a holistic approach, with a strong focus on player welfare to build self-reliant people who can handle themselves no matter where their journey takes them.
The program includes a personal development curriculum with a focus on leadership, effective goal setting, exercise science and nutrition.
Having risen through the ranks of WA rugby with Associates Rugby Club and the Western Force, proud local product and capped Wallaby Kyle Godwin, has been named as the Ambassador for the program.
“It’s an absolute privilege to play for my state and represent everyone in Western Australia every time I take to the field in a Force jersey,” he explained.
“I’ve seen first-hand how much the support of academies can have in forging a clear pathway to professional rugby, so I’m thrilled to see the dedicated Academy in action at the club.”
The Academy players have been training hard and learning valuable lessons alongside the pro team during pre-season, as the Force continue to prepare for the 2021 Super Rugby season.
Western Force Fortescue Academy Players
Wider Training Squad
- Bo Abra
- Victor Harris
- Jackson Pugh
- Ollie Callan
- Grason Makara
- Michael McDonald
Emerging Playing Squad
- Dante Tatafu
- Keenan Wentholt
- Connor Seve
- Faamanu Kalolo
- Reece Anapu
- Finn O’Callaghan
- Luke Callan
- Zantana Tupuono-Pomare
- Alex Masibaka
- Siosifa Amone
Western Force Fortescue Academy Staff
- Anton Zackey (Academy High Performance Manager)
- Dylan Parsons (Academy Head Coach)
- Ben Glynn (Academy Strength and Conditioning)
- Benjamin Pattenden (Academy Physio)
Pictured above (left to right): Michael McDonald, Tim Langmead (Fortescue Director Community, Environment and Government) and Kyle Godwin.