Myerscough College is set to offer courses in rugby league for the first time thanks to a partnership with Super League giants, Wigan Warriors.
It’s hoped that Myerscough will become a Category 3 Rugby League Academy in September 2017, in a venture that will be closely supported by Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and the Rugby Football League.
The new venture will see Wigan Warriors Community Foundation coaches and managers undertaking a 12 month strategy with a clear vison of targeting new students with a keen interest in studying and playing rugby league at Myerscough College.
The new link was officially launched at the Wigan Warriors Super 8s match with Catalan Dragons at the DW stadium on Friday night.
Myerscough College tutor and retired professional rugby league player, Andy Grundy, will oversee the management and academic delivery of the new programme. He said: ‘’Negotiations have been on-going for some time now and it’s been a pleasure to play a lead role in the facilitation of this.
‘’The College, not surprisingly, attracted plenty of interest from a number of high calibre Super League clubs which of course was fantastic to see. However, on Friday night the new link between Myerscough College and Wigan Warriors Community Foundation was officially launched at half time and then spoken about in front of a full house, many of whom were executive sponsors from all around the UK, which is a great advertisement for the College.
‘’I would like to personally express my thanks to Martin Mcloughlin (Wigan Warriors Foundation Manager) and Steve McCormack (Wigan Warriors Coach & Education and Development Officer) who have been, and will be, pivotal in ensuring that the link between Myerscough College Rugby League and Wigan Warriors Community Foundation goes from strength to strength over the coming years.”
Wigan Warriors is the most successful club in English rugby league and has won twenty league Championships, including three Super League Grand Finals, nineteen Challenge Cups and three World Club Challenge trophies.
Any prospective students interested in finding out more about studying and playing rugby league at Myerscough College can contact Andy Grundy, Category 3 Rugby League Manager & Programme Leader, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (01995) 642222.
The photograph (L-R) shows Paul Prescott (Retired Wigan Warriors Player/Wigan Warriors Community Foundation Trustee), Martin Mcloughlin (Wigan Warriors Foundation Manger), Andy Grundy (Myerscough College CAT 3 Rugby League Manager) and Steve McCormack (Wigan Warriors Coach Education and Development Officer/Head Coach Scotland RL)
Myerscough College already offers studies at further education level with a BTEC in Rugby Studies and in higher education with a foundation degree in Rugby Coaching. The College also enjoys a highly successful partnership with professional rugby union club, Sale Sharks, who play in the English Premiership.
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by Dave Salmon