Boys & Girls Elite Sevens Academy

The Mission of the Atlantis Boys & Girls Elite summer sevens Academy is to teach the game of sevens rugby, refine the skills of each young athlete and mold them each into a hard-working, passionate player.  

Our academy is geared towards U-19 and U-16 boys and girls.

While having an overall great experience, players will be provided with proper professional instruction on the fundamentals of the game of sevens rugby: passing and receiving, kicking, evasive running, and contact situations.  Along with individual player skills that translate well into both the sevens and fifteens game, players will conceptualize both the Atlantis attack and defense patterns and gain an understanding of how to create, take, and attack space.  

Along with teaching the fundamentals, our players will receive instruction on resistance training for rugby, sevens specific conditioning, and Plyometric training (training to enhance speed, agility, balance and coordination).

The Physical and Mental Skills Needed to Succeed

Each player will leave this camp with both the physical and mental skills needed to succeed in rugby sevens, and will remain a part of the U-16 and U-19 Atlantis player pool for upcoming domestic and international tours. This Academy will also function as one of the selection venues for the upcoming Atlantis U-19 boys summer tours to the Surfside HS National Championships July 17-19 and the Inaugural U.S.A. Serevi Sevens Elite Cup in Glendale, Colorado August 13-16.

Each athlete receives the following upon registration

  • training top and a rugby ball
  • 15 hours of professional instruction  
  • comprehensive six week conditioning program
  • Fitness testing in both the 1st and 5th session
  • Professional seminars and resources on sports nutrition habits, strength training, and college recruitment.

Dates: Each session will be held at Malvern Preparatory School, 418 South Warren ave, Malvern, PA 19355 from 5-8pm.

Cost: $285

The Program: Though each of our camp sessions will focus on the foundational principles of individual skills and team patterns, we will be emphasizing specific areas of the sevens game on each training day. It is extremely important that players attend each session, as the curriculum and instruction is scaffolded, and concepts taught the previous session will be utilized in the next.  

June 24: The tackle and ruck; team defense; lineouts and scrums

July 1: fundamentals of the dropkick; restarts from the kickoff

July 8: options from the pocket and the ruck in attack and defense

July 15: individual skills assessment and team play; College coaches night/meet the parents

The Atlantis Coaches

Emil Signes: Emil began coaching rugby beginning in August of 1974. For the past 40 years he has coached club, college, and high school, men and women, and fifteens and sevens. He has coached at the Local area union, territorial, and international level. Between sevens and fifteens, Emil’s teams have won 14 national championships.

In addition, he is the only person to have coached both the men’s and women’s U.S. National sevens team. Under Emil the U.S. men won the Hong Kong Plate Championship and the U.S. women were 4-time runners-up to New Zealand at the Hong Kong sevens.  Additionally, has has coached or consulted for numerous national teams from other countries

Biddy Boyle: Former Head sevens coach University of Delaware, 2012 final four finish at the Collegiate Rugby Championships; current sevens Coach for Villanova University and LaSalle College High School.  Biddy brings over 40 years of coaching and playing experience to the pitch

Jack Foley: Currently the Head Coach of the Atlantis Boys Elite U-19 and Villanova University Rugby.  

Chris Ryan: Head Coach of Atlantis Men’s Elite; Head Coach Princeton University Women’s Rugby; Head Coach Schuylkill River Men’s sevens, 2012 National Club Runner-up.

Stacy Foley: USA National team 1997-2003. Stacy started for the U.S. in back-to-back world cups in the Netherlands and Spain. She is also the former Captain of the Keystone and Philadelphia Women’s rugby Clubs.

Angie Brambley: Angie Brambley-Moyer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Movement Science and went on to earn a Masters degree in Sports Administration and Recreation from Temple University in 2002. While completing her Masters degree, Coach Brambley-Moyer worked as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Temple Football team and Olympic Varsity sports teams.

After graduation, Coach Brambley-Moyer worked as a strength and conditioning coach for a private athletic performance center, before being hired by Princeton University in Fall 2002. She has since been promoted to the title of Assistant-Director in November 2009.

Coach Brambley-Moyer has participated in competitive rugby for 14 years. She was selected for the USA Rugby National Under-23 team in 1998 and various other regional teams throughout her rugby career. She played for nationally ranked Keystone Rugby Club out of the Philadelphia area for 10 years. Currently (2010-present) Coach Brambley-Moyer participates in competitive Olympic Weightlifting, she earned the 2013 Masters Championship Title at 63kg as well as Best lifter in her age group of 35-39 years old.

Eric Miller: Strength and Conditioning coordinator and WeightLifting Coach at Malvern Preparatory School