A great place to play . . . an even greater place to learn!

The RNS Prep Soccer Program

Rothesay Netherwood School offers Atlantic Canada's only elite soccer academy program for boys and girls in Grades 8-12 that incorporates a first-class education with a unique soccer opportunity for students who wish to pursue a university education and soccer career.

RNS has three varsity-aged soccer teams - a High School Girls' Varsity Team and both a Boys' and Girls' Prep Team. All of our teams compete locally as part of the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association (NBIAA). Our Boys' and Girls' Prep teams play in the AAA League. 

The team and coaches work diligently to develop the program’s foundation based on the philosophy of RNS. The goal is to coach, develop, and mentor excellent students who are talented soccer players to become university-calibre players in North America.

The RNS Soccer Program Offers...

University Opportunities

The University Placement Office at RNS works one-on-one with students as they make their post-secondary education decisions and work their way through the application and scholarship process. 100% of RNS graduates are accepted into leading universities in Canada, the US and abroad, many with scholarship awards.

About the Coaches

Ms. Laura McNicholas
Head Coach, Prep Girls’ Soccer
RNS Soccer Coordinator

Laura McNicholas hails from Doncaster, England and is a former longtime member of FA Women's Super League team, the Doncaster Rovers Belles. She attended Balby Carr Academy of Sport in England where she and her team were crowned National Champions. McNicholas was a member of the Varsity Reds Women’s Soccer Team at the University of New Brunswick, and was named an Academic All-Canadian and a Second Team AUS All-Star. McNicholas has achieved her Provincial B Soccer Coaching Licence. She is a graduate from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education degree.
Mr. Cuilean Hendra
Head Coach, Prep Boys’ Soccer
Mr. Cuilean Hendra is a long-time soccer player, coach and organizer. He began his soccer career in the Celtics Soccer Clubs in Antigonish, NS, before going on to play for Mount Allison and Memorial universities where he was an RBC Academic All-Canadian. Cuilean has played for Senior A and B teams in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland, has coached at Les Jeux de l’Acadie, and has led successful varsity squads at both Fundy High School and RNS (Provincial AA Girls’ Champions 2010 and 2012 / CAIS silver medallists 2013, 2014, 2015). He founded the local Schooners FC and in turn coached them to a Senior B league championship (2008, 2009, Van Horne Cup 2010). Cuilean has also been involved with the Soccer NB Provincial Team program as an assistant coach for the U13 boys, U14 boys, U15 boys and U16 girls.
Cuilean is the co-founder, former President of the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League and is the former Director of Coaching for Soccer New Brunswick. Cuilean is currently the Chair and U13 boys’ coach of the Regional Academy Program South. He has taught IB French at RNS, while coaching soccer teams since 2009.


List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Cuilean Hendra

    Cuilean Hendra 

    French Teacher
  • Photo of Laura McNicholas

    Laura McNicholas 

    Head of Health & Physical Education; PhysEd, Science Teacher / Houseparent, Netherwood