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The new and exciting partnership between Bristol All Golds and SGS provides a unique and unmissable opportunity to excel in the game of rugby league as a player or sporting professional.

SGS Rugby
League Academy

A unique and unmissable opportunity to excel in the game of rugby league

The new and exciting partnership between Bristol All Golds and SGS provides a unique and unmissable opportunity to excel in the game of rugby league as a player or sporting professional. The aim of this programme is to not only develop players to excel within the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues, but to also nurture the talent of its recruits to provide a playing force for Super League and the Home Nations.

We also aspire to provide the environment for students to grow into the multi disciplined professionals needed to support the on field competition.

Working closely with the All Golds, Super League, Championship, and the RFL, we will promote the most enthusiastic learners to internships and work experience within professional clubs.

The SGS Bristol All Golds Academy offer is exclusive to Higher Education learners. Visit our webpage to view University course on offer at SGS https://www.sgscol.ac.uk/study/uni

The programme includes:
  • 16 hours of elite rugby league development.
  • Individualised development plans for all abilities from beginner to international.
  • Individual and team video analysis.
  • Nutritional guidance to suit optimal performance.
  • Team and Individual Strength and Conditioning programmes.
  • Psychological characteristic development to support sport and academic performance.
  • Top level professional coach dedicated to player development and team performance.

League and Competition:

SGS Bristol Academy All Golds will be playing in the Western 1A division of the Universities' League from Autumn 2021. This is an exclusive programme for our Higher Education learners at SGS College.

  • Partnering with the All Golds provides a clear pathway to Men’s elite rugby league on a weekend, enhancing the development opportunity for highflying academy players.

Further On-Field Opportunities:

Our vast network within the game is used to gain trials for SGS academy players at Super League Academies

Off-Field Opportunities:

Opportunities to Increase Employability

  • Community sport coach work placement with the ever growing Bristol All Golds community team.
  • England Rugby League Embed the Pathway coaching opportunities.
  • Work placements with Bristol All Golds as well as other professional clubs for Strength and Conditioning, Physiotherapy, Sports Analysis, Elite Performance Coaching and Nutrition.
  • Potential mentorship programmes by leading experts in elite coaching and player development.

The Coaching Team

The SGS Rugby League programme has been devised and will be overseen by All Golds' non - executive directors Danny Wilson and Rob Nickolay:

Danny Wilson
Head Coach

Danny Wilson is a dedicated and charismatic leader with a track record for building high performance academy systems.

Danny has outstanding analytical skills with the vision and capacity to implement change. Moreover he is highly skilled in elite coaching and talent development. Danny is briefed to design and lead the All Golds' strategy of all rugby development programmes from grassroots to first team.

Danny is England Youth head coach, a member of the Super League laws committee and a Rugby Football League Coach Educator. Danny’s role will be to help build robust player development pathways that will allow the All Golds and the SGS Rugby League Academy to be successful long term.


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Elite Sport Coaching from University of Central Lancashire.
  • BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Science from York St John University.
  • BSc ( Hons) in Physical Activity Exercise and Health from Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • PGCE - University of Huddersfield.
  • Level 4 RFL Coaching qualification.

Rob Nickolay
Academy Director

Rob Nickolay is an experienced Academy Director, head coach and tutor skilled in coaching, talent identification and development.

Rob has a PGDip (Distinction) in elite sports' coaching practice focused on professional sport from the University of Central Lancashire.

Rob is lead tutor and lecturer for the Rugby Football League national coach education programme.


  • MSC in Elite Sports' Coaching Practice - Leeds Beckett University.
  • RFL level 4.
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer.
  • UEFA B Coaching Licence.
  • NVQ Level 3 in Coaching, Teaching and Instructing.
  • FA Youth Coaches Award Module 1.
  • AQA Assessor.

Simon Martin
Head of Rugby Development

Simon is passionate about providing opportunities for young people to achieve their goals and ambitions in sport and life.

Simon has extensive knowledge of sport and academic development having previously worked in rugby development at the RFU delivering coaching and educational courses in schools, colleges, and universities across the South West.

Simon spent 15 years as a professional rugby player representing England at colts and under 21’s, he has now been coaching and working in sport development for the past 10 years.


  • Level 3 Rugby Coach
  • Level 3 Coach Educator & Mentor
  • Level 4 Education & Training
  • BSC Sport business management

Jay Woodley
Schools and Community Clubs Development Officer

Jay is an aspiring coach who has a passion for enabling young people to learn and build relationships through sport.

Jay has a vast knowledge of rugby league and coaching due to his time spent at SGS college, where he completed his Level 3 in Sport, as well as studying for his degree in Sports Coaching at the college too.

Alongside his academic efforts he was also a player for the Bristol Academy Bulldogs RL team. This is where his love of the game stems from and is why he is so passionate about rugby league being back at the college.

Since his time at the college Jay has worked within various coaching roles in schools and is now working for the All Golds as an assistant coach with the open age sides. As well as this, he is the development officer for the schools and community clubs around Bristol and Gloucestershire, where his role is growing the sport of rugby league through schools and clubs.


  • Rugby League Coaching Level 2
  • Rugby Union Coaching Level 2
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
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