NEW College Pontefract will open the Pontefract Titans rugby league developent centre next month.
It will provide students with the academic qualification BTEC level three extended diploma in sport and also give them the opportunity to be trained as a professional rugby league player.
The development centre will offer students eight training sessions per week and will include field, strength and conditioning, pool recovery and video analysis sessions.
Competitive games will be played on Wednesday afternoons.
The development centre will be guided by ex-Castleford Tigers coach Paul Dooley, who in his two years at the college has already brought great success to the college team.
In his first season he won the Varsity Trophy with a win over rivals Wakefield College and this season the won the Yorkshire Plate Trophy by beating Featherstone St Wilfrid’s.
Dooley said: “This is the perfect opportunity for any budding young rugby league player who is looking to move into the professional game or achieve a scholarship for university whilst striving to be the best player he can be”.
Players from the college team have already had great success in representing the Yorkshire and England student RL squads, with numerous players moving into the professional game.
Team Manager Andy Petch has always recognised the importance of college rugby league feeding into the professional game and he has been a driving force behind the development centre.
He said: “This is a great opportunity for the college and the students to excel themselves at the elite level of college rugby league.”
The Titans have an official link with Castleford Tigers, who will be able to monitor the progress of players throughout their time at the Titans and may be able to offer them further progression.
“It is wonderful to have the Tigers on board as it will give the lads the assurance that through their own application and hard work there could be some rich rewards at the end of it”, said James Fox, media manager.
The development centre is grateful to its sponsors who include the NEW College Student Exec, LETS Online, P55 and Mellors Catering
There is still an opportunity for local businesses to sponsor the club or to sponsor an individual player.
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