Glasshus Facades become new youth sponsor
Posted: Friday 10th May 2019 - 12:00 PM
Castleford Tigers have secured a new partnership with Glasshus Facades that will see the local company become the official sponsor of the club’s youth development department.
In the first partnership of its kind for the Tigers, it represents another exciting step forward for the club’s academy during a 2019 season that has already brought an unbeaten run for the under-16s and first team debuts for academy products Jacques O’Neil and Lewis Peachey.
In addition to offering financial support to Castleford’s youth development provision, the new partnership with Glasshus Facades will also offer the club’s under 19’s players the opportunity to plan for a career alongside of their rugby league aspirations, including apprenticeships with the firm with added flexibility and support around training demands.
Glasshus Facades’ Managing Director, Liam Hourigan, said: “As a local business owner and an avid supporter of the club, it felt natural that I should find a way of the two complementing one another.
“I believe as supporters and local business owners involved with the club, we have an obligation to not just support the club financially, but to care for the welfare of its future players by offering career support and guidance in a manner which can complement their promising rugby careers as well as support the club in attracting and developing the best talent in the region.
“I feel we need to encourage more and more young people into our industry and I am a firm believer that apprenticeships are the best way to educate and produce the next generation. I felt that if we were able to not only offer apprenticeships to the club’s academy players but provide them with a working routine around their training and playing commitments, we could provide them with the best possible environment to learn and develop new skills.
“We very much see this as a long-term investment and look forward to years to come when we can proudly say we employ in excess of 40 to 50 lads who have all graduated from our apprenticeship scheme.”
The Tigers’ Head of Youth Performance, Darren Higgins, added: “We are extremely grateful to Liam and Glasshus Facades for their support and willingness to support what we are doing here at the club.
“Not only will the partnership add value to what we are doing from a financial point of view but just as importantly it will add genuine career opportunities alongside their rugby for our aspiring young players.
“Like most sports, the percentage of players that progress to the elite level in rugby league from an academy system is very small. Therefore, we as a club feel we have a duty of care to support our young players with education and career options alongside their rugby and this new partnership with Glasshus Facades certainly reflects this philosophy.”