Rovers link up with college in new venture

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers have formed a new partnership with the town’s Technology College.

It sees Featherstone Technology College become the home of the Featherstone Rovers Rugby Academy as the club further develops and improves its player development pathway to meet Super League criteria.

Rovers head coach Daryl Powell said: “I have no doubt this relationship between the college and ourselves will take our youth development to a new level.

“Together we will create a high quality training environment that will put us at the forefront of player development and allow us to recruit the best quality players into our systems.”

The partnership will see Rovers directing young academy players as well as players from the community game to the Technology College to improve their vocational education to compliment the coaching and athletic development programmes.

The new link up will provide a great opportunity for Rovers rugby academy players to receive a more rounded education which is not just solely focused on rugby league and the sporting environment.

During their development at the Featherstone Rovers Academy, players will receive education provision such as developing their mental attitude, drug awareness in sport, full preview and review sessions and study sports science and medicine provision in a full time environment as a professional player.

To support players for life outside of a rugby league career, they will be able to attend vocational course in construction and motor vehicle mechanics as well as an option for BTech Sporting Diploma Level Three.

Wayne Parkes, principal at Featherstone Technology College, said: “Both Featherstone Technology College and Rovers are performing very well at present and we both have very ambitious plans, Rovers to gain Super League status and us to be a high performing school.

“We feel that together, we can provide a quality set up for any potential rugby league player with regards coaching and educational trade training.”

Rovers general manager Lee Crooks (pictured) said: “This is a great opportunity for our young players as well as players from community clubs to get the best possible development not only in rugby league but also learn an occupation at the same time.

“Unfortunately, for whatever reason, not all young players can break through and become a full time sportsman and even when a player is lucky enough to break through, it’s wise to have a back-up plan.

“We look forward to working closely with Featherstone Rovers Technology College in developing the academy and I’m confident that the partnership will make is an attractive proposition to the best young players in the district and further field.”

The Elite Player Performance Centre will also cater for a new girls academy which will complement the already successful Featherstone Rovers Ladies team who are the current Challenge Cup holders.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information about the academy can contact Lee Crooks on 01977-702386.