About SBRA

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” – George Sheeehan

Established in 2009 at Elings Park, the more-than-230-acre grounds of the largest privately-funded park in the United States, the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy has already produced 28 student-athletes attending 17 collegiate institutions, three professional rugby players along with one capped USA Eagle. As a National Development Academy (NDA), we have expanded our residency offering from college-bound athletes to 40 college, international, and professional-bound rugby players.

We have an excellent program in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Located at the beautiful Elings Park, the Academy offers two full-size rugby fields for training and match-day use. Located a stones throw away from beaches along the Pacific Ocean and within 10 miles of hiking trails in the Santa Ynez Mountains, SBRA combines its natural resources with an elite staff to create a high performance environment fit for aspirational athletes.

The Santa Barrbara Rugby Academy is one of only ten recognized NDA’s in the Olympic Development Program serving the entire country.