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Midlands Hurricanes work with Bears and Tigers on new programme


Midlands Hurricanes Academy Launch New Regional Development hubs for under 16 players

The Midlands Hurricanes Rugby League Academy are embarking on a new and exciting rugby league development project which will create a pathway for new and aspiring rugby players in the Midlands region.

Working with and supported by professional clubs Coventry Bears in League One and top Super League club Castleford Tigers the Hurricanes will run 4 development hubs across the region at under 16 level to find new stars of the future and players who can progress from these centres into the Midlands Academy college education programme based at Loughborough college in Leicestershire. Coventry Bears and Castleford Tigers will also provide opportunities for players to progress into the professional game. 

There will be development hubs based in 4 Midlands regional areas:

Black Country Hub 

(based in Wolverhampton)

Coventry and Warwickshire Hub 

(based in Coventry)

Northamptonshire Hub 

(based Loughborough College for the moment)

Leicestershire Hub 

(based Loughborough College)

Each hub will be running two terms of programme consisting of 7 weeks of training and 3 representative matches each term. 

Term 1: September- December 2017.

Term 2: February-April 2018.

Volunteer and Coach Recruitment Opportunities:

The hubs are seeking to recruit volunteers to assist with the management and coaching of each of the hubs and are keen to involve skilled individuals from the community game who would like to get involved.

At the moment, there are a number of specific volunteer roles to be filled. Please note these roles are on a voluntary basis to enhance the pathway of rugby league in the region.

Team Manager Volunteer Positions Available:

Coventry & Warwickshire Team Manager

Northamptonshire Team Manager

(Must be a self-starter and proficient administrator)

Coaches (Must be minimum level 2 UKCC qualified and able to deliver on the programme which will be provided and supported)

Positions available:

Coventry & Warwickshire Head Coach and Assistant Coach

Northamptonshire Head Coach and Assistant Coach

Player Recruitment:

Players must be secondary school ages in year 10 & 11 (u16's)

Players must be able to attend midweek training and be available for matches.

Once selected for the squad there are some costs for personal kit. 

7 weeks of training with 3 matches each term in Autumn 2017 and Winter 2018.

Initial player meetings and registration dates will be confirmed on application. 

Please email using the address below to apply for all volunteering and playing positions at the regional development hubs:

Coventry Bears CEO Alan Robinson spoke about the new partnership and programme;

"This programme is part of a new relationship we are building with the Midlands Hurricanes Academy. They have been developing players for a number of years now at Loughborough college and we have seen great success with a number of players featuring for the Bears or moving onto courses and scholarships at Coventry University. Forging a link with the Hurricanes and assisting in the growth of this new pathway for the game is vital if we are to bring more players through. I know Castleford Tigers have also shown a keen interest in Midlands players at this level and I think it is also great to see a club of such status recognising that there is a pool of talent here."


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