Academy RFC train and play their matches at the J C Picken playing fields at Roughfort. The Club currently has a long term lease agreement with Belfast Royal Academy to use the pitches for playing and training. In the past 5 years Academy RFC in conjunction with Sports NI Lottery Funding has invested over £120 K in the playing surfaces at Roughfort.
The pitches are some of the finest playing surfaces that Ulster rugby has to offer. Roughfort can boast 4 full size sand based pitches which allow for rugby to be played in even the most inclement wet periods. One of the pitches has match standard floodlights which are used for training nights. Floodlighting is also provided to other off pitch areas for the more intense drills at training.
The club have access to a Rhino scrummage \ rucking machine along with tackle, rucking and spin pads. A room with free weights can be accessed by players at anytime. The facilities that Academy RFC have at their disposal are truly second to none.
Directions to the Club
Leave the M2 via junction 4 the Sandyknowes roundabout. From the roundabout take the exit marked Mallusk (Scullions Road). At the first traffic lights (T junction) turn right on to the B95 ( Mallusk Road) proceed towards Templepatrick, passed the old Michelin factory on your left. When you pass Hydepark Presbyterian Church on your left take the first left into the Club House.
Directions to the Playing Fields.
Leave the M2 via junction 4 the Sandyknowes roundabout. From the roundabout take the exit marked Templepatrick the A6 (Antrim Road). After the Coachmans Motel taken the second left marked Roughford Road. Academy play at Belfast Royal Academy Playing fields on your right.