All academy players are on a dual-career pathway to continue with their education or develop vocational interests alongside their rugby, because even for those fortunate enough to make a career out of playing rugby, it is not a life-long job.
Players can attend any educational or vocational establishment and still be part of our academy. We are formally linked to Gosforth Academy in Newcastle where we deliver our ACE Programme for identified players aged 16-18. Here, players attend the school for their further education and partake in a specialist rugby development programme alongside their academic courses. For more information, contact Lawrence Patton (Gosforth Academy ACE Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also work in partnership with Newcastle University who offer a wide range of higher education courses for +18 players at a traditional ‘red brick’ university, with a bespoke rugby development programme that enables players to combine rugby and education as a student athlete. For more information, contact Darren Fearn (Newcastle University Director of Rugby) at email@example.com.
We have good working relations with all the educational providers in our region, and have various links in the workplace too.