New Youth Partnership

Posted: Tuesday 18th September 2018 - 10:00 AM


Following on from 5 players from the Midlands Hurricanes League programme being named in the England College’s squad that will face the touring Australian schoolboys later on in the year, Castleford Tigers are pleased to announce a new partnership with Loughborough University’s Rugby League Club.

As part of the partnership the Tigers will provide remote support around strength and conditioning programmes and support the university’s trial and selection process for their 2018/19 campaign as well as open their doors for university coaches to come and observe the tigers academy coaches in action in addition to the possibility of joint training sessions.

Speaking on the announcement of the partnership Castleford Tigers head of youth performance Darren Higgins said; "This is a great partnership that we are proud to be a part of and hopefully it will add some value and profile to the university’s Rugby League club. Each year the university attracts some of the most exceptional young athletes from across the county from a wide range of sports. It is not uncommon for these students to try new sports, our vision is that the partnership will offer a potential pathway into Super League for these talent transfer athletes. In reality this is likely to be a small number of players who will have the potential to do this but at the same time is very exciting in terms of being able to access wider talent pools."

Loughborough head coach Tim Farnden said: "Linking up with Castleford Tigers is a huge deal for our club. Being able to work alongside one of the top clubs in the country can only benefit us as a club the players and the coaching staff. We are all hugely excited about the coming season. Giving the young talent here a real chance of progression and development is what we wanted when looking for a club to link with. I can’t wait to get the season underway."

These thoughts where further echoed by Loughborough Rugby League Club Chairman Dan Davies who added "Having this link is a great opportunity for our club and players to try and take the next step in progressing their rugby, hopefully it will also attract new players to the game of Rugby League in the University. I know the coaches, players and committee are all excited to see where this link can take the club and our players."

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