Rugby Academy at DW Poppy Secondary

Are you passionate about rugby? Want to earn graduation credits playing the sport you love? D.W. Poppy Secondary, together with the Langley School District, is inviting students with a strong interest in rugby to apply to our new Rugby Academy.

The academy, which is based out of D.W. Poppy Secondary School in Langley, B.C., is open to all students in Langley as well as students outside of the District, including the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver. This is the first Rugby Academy in the Fraser Valley and one of only four in the province.

The Rugby Academy combines provincial curriculum, rugby-centred curriculum, as well as a focus on athletics, health, safety, and well-being. This academy is structured around the school’s values of PRIDE and FAITH: Passion, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Effort; Family, Accountability, Intent, Tenacity, and Humility.

The goal of the academy is to develop students holistically, as people and as players. Students will experience fun, personalized learning, while being expected to meet high standards of behaviour, and scholastic discipline, and receiving all the support needed to meet these standards. This program is offered to students with rugby experience of all skill levels in grades 10, 11, and 12.

The academy is led by D.W. Poppy Teacher and Rugby Coach Stuart Crowley. Mr. Crowley is a respected leader in the school and Langley rugby community. He is a caring and compassionate educator who inspires students and athletes to achieve excellence on and off the pitch.

He has been instrumental in growing the sport locally, and has an impressive track record. He has coached school, club, regional, provincial, and USports teams. In 2022, D.W. Poppy Secondary’s senior girls took home the provincial championship title under his leadership. Some of his former student-athletes have moved on to high-level competitive play, professional, and international careers. The Langley community, which has a long rugby history, is excited to see the academy help develop more well-rounded students and elite athletes.

To register a student in the academy, please complete the DWP Rugby Academy Application Package. Registration will continue until filled, but applications should be submitted as soon as possible; April 30 should be the latest that prospective applicants submit their applications. Applications can be emailed to Stuart Crowley: scrowley@sd35.bc.ca.

Prospective applicants can email Mr. Crowley with any questions, and can learn more about the Rugby Academy in this brochure, course & fee structure, blog post, and video below:

Rugby Academy Brochure

Rugby Academy Description Fees

Blog Post: Rugby Academy Coming to D.W Poppy Secondary 

DW Poppy Secondary School

23752 - 52 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Z 2P3
Phone: 604-530-2151
Fax: 604-530-5034