The RFL has entered into a partnership with Warrington Collegiate to deliver a series of programmes which will be financially supported by the Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund and aimed at helping Super League players prepare for their careers after Rugby League.
Fifty players from Super League clubs will have the opportunity to study a variety of vocational courses to help them take the next steps towards continuing their professional careers once their playing career comes to an end.
This builds on Warrington Collegiate’s existing strong relationship with Rugby League, which also involves 12 Super League players from Warrington and Salford studying towards a Higher National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science.
The RFL has been working alongside Warrington Collegiate to design and develop higher level education programmes to support the future careers and aspirations of the players covering qualifications such as business, enterprise, plumbing, electrical, accounting, and Leadership (ILM).
The courses will commence at the Collegiate in mid-April with the players attending their chosen course every Wednesday afternoon until late July, when they will complete their course.
RFL Operations Director Emma Rosewarne said: “The concept is part of the RFL’s continuing commitment to player welfare.
“We recognise the importance of preparing players for life after Rugby League and we aim to provide as many opportunities as possible to help them achieve their goals both on and off the pitch. These courses are designed to meet the needs and interests of the players who wish to develop their higher education skills to support their future careers.”
Mark Harris, Director at Warrington Collegiate, said: “The programmes will take place in our Centre for Higher Education at Warrington Collegiate, plus specialist trade workshops, and will enable the players to enter a range of career opportunities in the future. As well as gaining a first class qualification the players will gain valuable skills which will enable them to make a successful transition from the sporting world to employment.”