Numbers on the up for Castleford’s Category 3 programme

Posted: Tuesday 5th November 2019 - 4:25 PM


When the initiative first began, only 6 had signed up. However, 12 months on, the club now has 19 people enrolled onto the course.

What’s more, for the first time ever, there are now two females who are part of the initiative. One of those is Jade Chambers who went on to score a try in her Women’s Super League debut for the Castleford Tigers Women just a few months ago.

What is the Category Three Programme?

Head of Youth Development Darren Higgins explained the initiative in the latest issue of ROAR magazine saying:

“The Cat Three college programme is a BTEC in sports science which the club runs at Airedale College.

“It gives players who haven’t received a contract an opportunity to get educated but also continue their rugby development. Hopefully we will see people transition into the academy environment, or even the reserves at a later date. In previous years you might get an U16 who doesn’t get a contract and then they go off our radar.

“Underpinning the Cat 3 programme is the Tigers Talent Pathway. We run that from U12s to U16 so that U15s and U16s who were not offered a contract get an opportunity for extra development opportunities and a pathway back into our scholarship and academy environment.”

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