City College Plymouth and Plymouth Albion have come together to offer aspiring young rugby players aged 16-18 the chance to combine top-level training with full-time study. The Plymouth Albion Rugby Academy will allow talented players the opportunity to develop their skills in rugby, while studying to gain academic and vocational qualifications.
With two sessions a week at Albion’s home, Brickfields, Academy players will work on both technical and tactical skills with coaches and players from the professional team. The programme will also include a further two sessions a week of strength and conditioning training, which will be in the state-of-the-art fitness studio in the College’s new Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM. The students will also have access to the College’s professional sports therapy care.
The Academy team will play competitive games in the college league and take part in the annual South West College tournament. Players will also have the chance to develop coaching skills by working with community teams. The budding sports stars will get an insight into working in the world of sport, and developing employability skills is very much on the agenda; there will be opportunities for work experience at the club, such as match day stewarding and running the cash desk.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Plymouth Albion on such an exciting initiative,” said City College Academy Manager for Sport, Charlie Legg. “The Academy will provide an excellent opportunity for young sports enthusiasts to develop in both the rugby and academic arenas.
“Our students will receive a high standard of competitive coaching, combined with a good education and support from College lecturers. It will give them the chance to excel not only in their chosen sport, but will also equip them with the skills to be successful in whichever onward career path they choose to take. It will be great exposure to the performance sport culture.
“At the College we offer a range of full-time courses, from intermediate through to university-level, with timetables that will maximise the players’ time in training and in lecturers.”
Kevin Norris, Director of Community Development at Albion, said: “Plymouth Albion are delighted to be working alongside City College to develop local rugby talent with this exciting new initiative. It will provide the ideal environment for youngsters in sport and education to strive to achieve their full potential. We want to have local talent playing for Plymouth Albion to take us to our ultimate goal of getting to the Premiership.”
To find out how to join this exciting new programme in September, the Academy is running a free training session at Brickfields on Tuesday 21 February 4.00pm to 5.00pm. For more information and to book a place, please e-mail Steve Pooley, Community Development Manager at Albion, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the range of full-time courses, City College is holding a Course Information Drop-in on Wednesday 8 March 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Kings Road. For further details please visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300.