Nic - The rugby one

Nic is a fantastic addition to the academy. A former French professional Rugby Union player, Nic played both at centre and on the wing. He finished his playing career for Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership and in September 2014 he was appointed Head of Rugby at Taunton School.
Nic is super excited to be driving the academy forward and brings a wealth of energy and coaching experience with him. He’s looking forward to showing that renowned French flair and ensuring your little ones get the best possible start on the pitch.

Tracey – The organiser and creative one

As a successfully published author and with three rugby playing boys of her own, Tracey is the driving force behind Mini’s Academy. Her knowledge and understanding of children’s literature & early years sport have combined to create the ultimate legacy.

"2015 was an incredible year for My First Rugby Ball, in so many ways. I’m now looking forward to the next phase of development, with Mini’s Academy and, with the help of an incredible team, rolling this fantastic project out into our schools”

Chris - The artiste and techie one

By day, a full time member of the "Orange Army" but by night, a guy with a passion and flair to draw. Chris has two boys and works a full time job. For as long as he can remember, Chris has doodled and drawn and his dream was to become a published illustrator. This book has enabled Chris to have that platform. No matter what you do, if you have a dream or vision, make sure you do all you can do to live it.

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Testimonials

“This is so good. It’s perfect to introduce the little ones to rugby”

Nic Sestaret, Director of Rugby at Taunton School, Former Premiership Player

"My favourite part is at the end of the session when we get to cheers for how hard we tried today”

Andrew Diatz, Ide Primary School

“Happy to be involved in such an exciting, innovative venture”

Jai Purewal, Wooden Spoon

“This is great! Perfect for engaging with players”

Tim Stimpson, Former England International, Sporting Partners

“This little guy’s gonna be big! Watch this one!”

Gareth ‘Coach’ Chilcott, Former England International Vena Tour Ambassadors

“Nice! We need this little guy in France!”

Serge Betson, Former French International

“It's really good. He trains us to do lots of activities and funny stretches!”

Eliot Pearce, Pinhoe Primary School

“Very happy to support the project! Think it’s a great idea!”

Matt Jess, Exeter Chiefs

“Cool! This guy’s a dude!”

Jack Nowell, England International, Exeter Chiefs

“This is the perfect link between sport & literacy”

James Bogue, Active Devon

“What better way to get rugby’s values across?”

Sir Paul Jones, First Federation

“Fantastic! I happily recommend all Junior sections distribute bespoke copies among their youngest players”

Dave Butt, Chairman Devon RFU

“I adore the concept of this book, not only from a rugby point of view, but the set of core values it promotes”

Ian Crews, Principle Designate at South Devon UTC

“What a fantastic concept! Love the values behind this”

Alex Payne, Rugby Union Presenter at Sky Sports

“Love this! Great illustrations & potential for development”

Quentin Smith, Chairman at Premiership Rugby

“This is very cool! I like it a lot!”

John Mitchell, International Rugby Coach

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