Rugby league pathway leads to Gloucester for talented Wakefield College students

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WAKEFIELD College has linked-up with the University of Gloucestershire to provide a pathway for its talented rugby league players to continue playing the game while in higher education.

It’s hoped the link-up will encourage top talent from the College’s trophy-winning Rugby League Academy to the south west in an environment where they can also continue their studies.

The university’s All Golds team competes in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Super 8 League.

Mark Helme, the college’s Athlete Development Programme Coordinator, said: “We hope to establish a link with the University that encourages our learners to continue in to Higher Education, in an environment which closely matches Wakefield College’s philosophy, culture of professionalism and excellence, whilst maintaining their commitment to Rugby League.”

“We also hope that through this link we can share ideas about coaching and player development, and engage in ways in which develop academic links as well as sporting.”

Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “The match marks the start of a really exciting relationship between the University and Wakefield College. Wakefield has a great history of producing outstanding Rugby League players and we are now in a position to help those players in the next stage of their journey.”

Wakefield College’s dominance of student rugby league continued with its second team being crowned champions of Yorkshire Division 3.

The team had finished runners-up in the last two campaigns but went one better this year.

The team used around 30 players throughout the season and Ash Hill, Craig Savage, Josh Thomas and captain Dom Scanlon were the pick of the performers.

It follows the first team’s Carnegie Colleges Challenge Cup success and league triumph last season.

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