SAN DIEGO (January 28, 2016) – ATAVUS and MM7 Training Center have partnered to expand the ATAVUS Academy in San Diego, providing sustained, year-round player development for women and men at the senior (18+) and junior (U18) levels. As an official USA Rugby National Development Academy, the ATAVUS Academy Powered by MM7 provides athletes with customized multi-week cycle strength and conditioning (S&C) training, nutrition education, athlete tracking and testing delivered by MM7, integrated with Rugby skill training by ATAVUS coaches.

“Our partnership with MM7 enhances our Academy’s goal to maximize an individual athlete’s potential appropriate to their aspirational level,” said Emilie Bydwell, Head of Rugby Programming at ATAVUS. “This Academy will provide athletes with what they need daily to compete at an elite level, giving them a home base for their physical and skill development.”

As part of the USA Rugby Olympic Development Program, ATAVUS’ Rugby programming in San Diego is led by USA Women’s 15s Head coach Pete Steinberg and former USA Rugby Women’s 7s coach Richie Walker. MM7 S&C programs are led by current USA Olympic 7s speed coach Les Spellmen.

“At MM7, we strive to help the young athletes of the community accomplish their dreams of playing at the next level,” said Les Spellmen of MM7. “We are extremely excited because our partnership will combine the efforts of two great organizations to help bring those dreams to fruition.”

ATAVUS programming delivers the Rugby tools necessary to play at an elite-level, enhances the players’ understanding of the international game and develops the skills and physical strength necessary to compete at the highest levels.

“I’m really excited about the ATAVUS Academy expanding in San Diego. I’ve been training with Les Spellman at MM7 and the facility is perfect. There’s plenty of room for speed sessions, weights, and skills,” said current USA Eagle Deven Owsiany. “Having the morning sessions will be perfect to get in a workout before my day job and also surround myself with people who have similar goals. I’m definitely ready for this academy to push me to the next level.”

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