CASTLEFORD Tigers have launched a pioneering scheme to give young players the chance to obtain professional fitness instructor qualifications.
Tigers have joined forces with health and fitness course specialists Fit UK to offer the club’s young players the chance to gain level 2 and level 3 fitness instructor and personal trainer qualifications.
Tigers are the first Super League club to offer this type of programme.
Steve Gill, head of youth development, said: “We have a duty of care to make sure that all our young players receive as much education as possible while they are with the club. Along with the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme we are continuing to deliver education packages tailor-made to fit our players’ requirements.
“We have been working with Geoff Burrow from the Rugby League Players’ Association and GMB union and Jamie Tunstall from Fit UK in putting the programme into place.
“The GMB has been fantastic in its support in sourcing funding for this course. The take-up from the lads has been fantastic and I look forward to seeing many of them progress through the courses.”