Featherstone Rovers and New College Pontefract are set to work together once again through the creation of a joint Category 3 Academy.
This academy will provide the highest levels of education from an Ofsted outstanding provider and the expertise of a professional rugby league club. Students in the academy will benefit from strength and conditioning sessions, skills sessions and video review alongside their playing commitments.
New College and Featherstone Rovers are currently working together on the RFL’s Embed the Pathway scheme which aims to increase the number of quality 12-16 year old rugby league players through education and training of children’s coaches. The programme also includes player profiling and sessions which can be used and adapted to meet the needs of young players at any stage.
The commitment to invest in rugby league coaches is part of the Great Start Programme, which aims to celebrate and encourage the coaches who will inspire the next generation of England stars.
Andy Petch, Head of Rugby at New College Pontefract, said: “This is a great example of us working in partnership with external third parties. Working with Pat Clusky, Adam Payne and the whole team at Featherstone Rovers will be a massive boost for our potential students. The aim of the academy will be to provide high quality exit routes into the game of rugby league. And with this programme we can attract the best players to study sport here at New College.”