Press Release : December 24th 2014
NORTH DERBYSHIRE CHARGERS INTRODUCE ELITE YOUTH TRAINING SQUAD FOR 2015
The North Derbyshire Chargers RLFC will be introducing a new player development package this
season for players with ambitions of progressing into a careers as a professional or semi
professional Rugby League player. Modelled on the existing Scholarship and Academy
programmes offered by professional clubs, the new ‘Chargers Academy’ programme will see the
club teaming up with ex Scotland international and Sheffield Eagles Captain, Jack Howieson, and
his team at the @TheAcademy gym in Sheffield.
The ‘Chargers Academy’ offers a personal support package for each player including nutritional &
dietary support, position relevant skills development, bespoke supervised gym sessions to ensure
appropriate physical development and access to an online player tracking system developed by
local IT company, 2and7 Limited, for the professional game.
Ged Connolly-Thompson, Chairman of the North Derbyshire Chargers, said: “This is an important
development in the growth of Rugby League and player development around North Derbyshire and
the surrounding area. The club is fortunate to have attracted a number of talented players across
all squads and it is important that their development and ambition is supported, whilst also
continuing to provide training and playing opportunities for all.”
The ‘Chargers Academy’ programme is limited to 20 players who will be selected from the 2015
Under 16 and Under 18 squads. The club is holding two sign-up/registration days at their Warsop
Vale site on January 7th & 10th where players will be able to sign up for the season ahead and
learn more about the club’s plans for 2015 and 2016.
For more information, please check out the club’s web site at http://www.chargersrl.co.uk
• The North Derbyshire Chargers are a community rugby league club based in Chesterfield, but
attracting players from across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and as far as
Tamworth in the West Midlands;
• The club has recently opened a new satellite centre at Warsop Vale in North Nottinghamshire
which will be the training ground for the Under 12 and Under 14 squads,
• The club operates two franchises for Play Touch Rugby League in the area, a non-contact
version of the sport suitable for anyone over the age of 14.