The Wigan Warriors Education Academy now has a Rugby League team filled with young people from the local area.
The team play in the Under 19's North West Premier Division having been promoted from the North West Conference. They currently sit on top of the table and are unbeaten after five games ahead of rivals from Runshaw College and Salford City College. The North West Premier Division is the highest standard of college Rugby League in the country alongside the Yorkshire Premier Division. The team use the facilities at Central Park for their training and are coached by the experienced Wigan Warriors Coach Matty Peet.
Commenting on the Education Academy Rugby League team, Matty said:
"It is a pleasure to be able to come and coach these young men , it's great that we can have a college team made up of young people from the community. It provides an opportunity for the young people to play some competitive Rugby League while also developing their skills. It also gives them a chance of getting a scholarship at Wigan which is great to see. The North West Premier Division is a high standard of Rugby League and the fact that we currently sit on top speaks volumes about the standard of our team."
Student Rugby League is now integrated into the Rugby Football League with representation on the community board and dedicated staff to help develop and evolve the game across Colleges and Universities. The RFL can now offer a number of playing opportunities for further education through the Student Rugby League programme, a programme which the Wigan Warriors Education academy are proud to be a part of. Each college which is part of the Student Rugby League programme gets access to tickets for the Challenge Cup Final and priority on all RFL match tickets. They also get access to a central purchasing scheme for equipment as well as a range of support programmes such as financial training, volunteer development and facility development.
Speaking about the Education Academy Rugby League Team, Head of Education Gareth Jennings said:
"The benefits we receive for being part of the Student Rugby League programme are great. The programme is fantastic for creating plenty of playing opportunities for the young people which brings a great amount of motivation for them to succeed."
The Carnegie Champion Colleges is Student Rugby Leagues flagship competition; the competition will take place between February and March and includes both regional and national stages. This will give the Wigan Warriors Education Academy the opportunity to compete against the best college Rugby League teams in the country.
To view the results, fixtures and league table, visit http://studentrl.com/ and click ‘find team' at the top of the page and select Wigan Warriors Education Academy.
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