Jack Kyle Bursary Presented to Ulster Academy

URSC present Jack Kyle Bursary for 2017-18 Season to the Ulster Academy

 On Monday evening, URSC presented the annual Jack Kyle Bursary of £2,500 to the Ulster Rugby Academy.


URSC Chairman Jonathan Bill presents the Jack Kyle Bursary award of £2,500 to Ulster Rugby Academy coaches and players Willie Anderson, Adam McBurney, Jonny Stewart and Kieran Campbell.


Les kept his phone handy, waiting to hear from Joe which players we might get back for Treviso

The presentation was done in front of almost 100 URSC members who had gathered at Kingspan Stadium to hear Kieran Campbell, Head of the Abbey Insurance Ulster Academy, and Willie Anderson, Elite Player Development Officer, talk about the structures and operations of the Academy programme. Academy players Adam McBurney and Jonny Stewart also spoke about their rugby experiences that led to the provincial system, life in the Academy, and their future goals. Director of Rugby Les Kiss was also in attendance and he gave an interesting insight into how the coaching staff in both the Academy and senior team work together, and how Academy players are integrated into the first team.


In the second part of the evening, senior players Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe took part in a panel discussion on the current Autumn international series.


L-R: Andrew Trimble, Tommy Bowe, Adam McBurney, Jonny Stewart, Willie Anderson & Kieran Campbell

In previous years the Jack Kyle Ulster Rugby Academy Bursary has been awarded to an individual player within the Academy. However, the URSC and the Academy management felt that it would be better served being donated to the services delivery programme, and in particular for the provision of performance psychology.



Presenting the cheque, URSC Chairman Jonathan Bill commented: “While we have been able to help out individuals in the past as they began their rugby career, we are delighted that this bursary will support all the players in the Academy with increased performance psychology services. From hearing Kieran and Willie this evening, we are confident that the structures and processes within our Academy are among the best around, so we are more than happy to play our part in supporting them.”


 Head of the Abbey Insurance Ulster Rugby Academy, Kieran Campbell added: “We are very grateful to the URSC for their continued support. We are committed to providing the best services and opportunities to our young players and the award of this bursary will allow us to further enhance the performance psychology aspect of our programme, which is now such a critical part of what we do.”


Tommy Bowe also welcomed the award, highlighting the importance of performance psychology, saying:  “In my younger days, particularly if I was struggling with confidence, I found working with a performance psychologist hugely beneficial, to push yourself on and get the best out of yourself. It really is such an important part of a young player’s development, so I’m delighted to hear that the bursary is being allocated there.”