Tresham College has teamed up with the Northampton Saints for a new rugby academy based at the college’s Kettering campus.
The new partnership will give young players between the ages of 16 and 18 the chance to mix being a full-time rugby player and a student.
Led by Elite Player Development Group manager Ross Stewart, Northampton Saints coaches and support staff will deliver sessions across a range of specialist areas, including analysis, nutrition, sports psychology, and strength and conditioning.
There will also be in-depth coaching sessions to help members of the academy develop their game, and physiotherapy specialists on hand to keep the players at their physical peak.
Members of the academy will also receive all the advice they need if they wish to seek a career as a professional player and will have the opportunity to compete at college level.
The academy will be based at the Kettering Campus, with members studying for a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in sport alongside their coaching and playing commitments as part of a balanced timetable.
Introductory open days will be held at Trehsam College, Kettering, on Saturday, May 17 and Saturday, June 7 for students seeking to join the Rugby Academy in the 2014-15 academic year.
The college’s artificial pitch was used by the Saints’ first team ahead of their 2013 Aviva Premiership semi-final win over Saracens, and Stewart says that he is excited by the new partnership.
He said: “Tresham has outstanding facilities and we will be able to deliver an exciting programme for young people wishing to combine playing rugby with their studies.
“The course will give students the grounding and knowledge they need should they become a professional rugby player, and a qualification that will stand them in good stead regardless of their future playing career.”
The partnership between the Saints and Tresham College allows rugby to become the fifth sport in the Academy of Sport, alongside boxing, golf, football and netball.
For more information and to apply for Tresham’s Academy of Sport contact Jon Heathcote at Tresham College – firstname.lastname@example.org