Junior Rugby Academy (Fall/Winter) (Burlington Centaurs RFC)

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The Burlington Centaurs Rugby Football Club established a Junior Rugby Development Academy in the fall of 2017 with the vision of providing a high-performance training environment for both male and female athletes ages 14-18 in the Burlington community and surrounding areas.

This off-season Academy operates out of the sports domes located at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington.  The Academy program consists of two 90-minute training sessions each week and runs from the first week of November to the 1st of March each year.


The cost per athlete is $200 and you can arrange payment and register by contacting [email protected]

The short-term goals of the Centaurs Academy are:

An affordable opportunity for young athletes to train in a High-Performance environment
To make rugby a sport of choice for young athletes in the City of Burlington
To expand the player population in our sport
Improve quality of life of the participating athletes through sport
Provide an open training environment to assist with coaching development in the community and surrounding area
The long-term goals of the Centaurs Academy are:

A Long-Term Athlete Development Plan to provide a pathway for High Performance Athletes to represent the City of Burlington, Province of Ontario, and Canada on an international stage
Further establish the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Football Club to consistently compete among the best rugby clubs in the Province of Ontario at all age grades
Participate in Athlete Exchange Program with established rugby clubs in England, Scotland, Wales
Provide travel opportunities for our athletes to participate in training and competitive tournament environments


Rugby Canada Key Themes

Coaching and instruction in the Centaurs Academy will be directed in the areas identified by Rugby Canada as Key National Themes to push rugby to a more competitive level. The Key National Themes are:

Run, Catch, Pass
Ball Out of Contact
Tackle Technique and Tracking
Breakdown and Clear-out


LEAD COACH- Clayton Gillis “Gilli”


Clayton Gillis will be the lead coach for the Centaurs Academy. Clayton is a lifelong Burlington resident and graduate of Nelson High School, where he was introduced to the sport of rugby. Clayton’s association with the Burlington Centaurs dates back to 1995 when he competed for the Centaurs Under 18 team. Clayton attended the University of Guelph and played Scrum-Half for their 1998 Ontario University Championship team. Clayton played men’s rugby for the Burlington Centaurs, Oakville Crusaders and Stoney Creek Camels as well as representative rugby for the Niagara Thunder in the Rugby Canada Super League.

Clayton began coaching rugby in 2003 at Saltfleet Secondary School in Stoney Creek and the majority of his coaching experience has been with high school age athletes. Saltfleet Rugby is recognized as one of the best high school programs in the province, annually participating in the OFSAA provincial championship and winning several medals at that tournament including Gold in 2005 and 2016.

Clayton Gillis’ Coaching resume also includes;

University of Guelph Gryphons Rugby
Upright Rugby Academy
Rugby Ontario- Highway to High Performance 7’s Rugby

William (Bill) Clayton


Bill has been playing competitive rugby for 33 years and has been a proud member of the Burlington Centaurs RFC since 1992.

Bill was a Senior Men’s 1st XV player throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Most recently, he was selected to play at the 2019 Can Am Series in Anchorage Alaska for the Canadian Classics and again at the 2021 Can Am in Calgary.  

Bill started coaching Junior Rugby in 2011 and has coached both boys and girls U12 - U18 Centaur teams. He has also been the Head Coach of the Notre Dame Catholic Secondary Girls team for the past four years, bringing them to the 2018 and 2019 OFSAA Championships. He has been a Coach with the Junior Academy since its inception in 2017, the current U18 Boys Coach, and Director of Administration at the Burlington Centaurs RFC.  Bill gives credit to rugby for providing him some of the greatest experiences and friendships in his life and has a passion to improve the quality of young people's lives through the sport.  

Trevor Atkinson "Atty"