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Further Education Rugby Courses:

Myerscough College (Preston):
With England having hosted the 2015 Rugby World Cup, there has never been a better time to prepare for a career in this great sport. Rugby World Cup 2015 offered a unique opportunity to deliver a lasting legacy of participation for rugby union in England. From building capacity (by improving facilities and increasing the quantity and quality of coaches) to getting more schoolchildren playing reugby or inspiring participation by encouraging lapsed players to return to the field, plans are underway to grow the game.

Figures suggest that rugby has been increasing in popularity year-on-year since 2002, with more and more youngsters taking up the game and more teams and competitions being introduced. Additionally the sport has recently seen an 81% rise in the number of women participants, further highlighting the increased interest amongst both genders.

The Myerscough College Rugby Academy is a joint venture in partnership with Sale Sharks Rugby and is the accredited RFU Elite Player Development Centre for the North West. Our relationship with Sale Sharks and the RFU allows us to offer students a unique opportunity to train as professional athletes and secure a dream job in professional Rugby Union. No stone is left unturned for rugby players at Myerscough and players enjoy vast amounts of top quality coaching, strength and conditioning and medical support from our onsite team.

Playing rugby at Myerscough also provides an unrivalled platform for students to demonstrate their talent to one of the leading clubs in AVIVA Premiership Rugby and the chance to break into the Sale Sharks youth or senior squads.

Our specialist team of teaching and coaching staff focus on developing students; as players, coaches, referees and administrators, as well as providing elite training and coaching -on a day-to-day basis - before encouraging students to represent club sides at weekends. Our exceptional links with local rugby clubs such as Fylde, Preston Grasshoppers, Garstang, Thornton-Cleveleys and Fleetwood mean that there are also many playing opportunities, away from the Myerscough Academy, regardless of your playing level.

In order to maximise student’s skills development, Academy players are given the opportunity to train at the highest level in professional Rugby with Sale Sharks. During the last few years, several players from the Academy have represented Lancashire, England Colleges, and RFU England Squads at Under 18 and Under 20 level. In 2012, there were more Myerscough College Rugby Academy players selected for the England College Elite Squad than any other College in the UK.

In 2013, 9 Myerscough Rugby Academy students were named in the Sale Sharks Under 18 squad, with Tim Jeffers and Sam Bedlow joining players from 2012, including Mike Haley, Mark Jennings, Billy Emmerson and Nathan Fowles, in signing Academy contracts with Sale Sharks. These players are following in the footsteps of ex-Myerscough students Lee Imiolek, Ally Sutherland, Will Cliff, Scott Briggs, Chris Leck and AVIVA Premiership Try Scorer of the Year nominee, Tom Brady. Liam Launders came through the Myerscough Rugby Academy and then completed the FdA Rugby Coaching Degree here at Myerscough, and is now playing in the Scottish Rugby Premiership.

Playing record 2012/2013

  • North Elite League Winners
  • Lancashire Schools County Cup Winners
  • BCS Regional 10s Winners
  • National 10s Runners Up
  • BCS Plate finalists
  • Portugal International Tournament Winners

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