29th May 2019
York College and York City Knights have joined forces to provide an innovative education pathway, due to start in September 2019, and will launch the York College Knights Rugby Development Centre.
The new enterprise has been established to allow 16-18 year-old students to combine a range of study options with training and playing as part of the York College Knights Development Centre. York College students studying A Levels and Vocational courses will be able to access the York College Knights Development programme from September 2019 - ultimately joining the Knights Player development pathway.
The new programme will officially be launched at York College on Thursday 20th June 2019 at 5:15pm. The launch event will allow prospective students and parents to meet the coaches and get an overview of the programme and how the partnership works.
Neil Gulliver, York City Knights General Manager, said: “We are proud to be a partner in this fantastic opportunity for male and female students. For us to partner with a well-respected education provider, such as York College, will mean students get a high quality coaching and education experience. The potential of this partnership is truly exciting with this programme forming a significant part of our player development pathway for the area."
James Ford, York City Knights Head Coach, said ‘This is an exceptional programme for local male and female players to develop their game, as part of the Knights, whilst furthering their education and career opportunities. I look forward to seeing this programme working with the exciting local talent in the area.’
Gaz Lee, Sports Development Coordinator at York College says: “We’re thrilled to be embarking on this partnership with York City Knights. With the Knights brand and exceptional on-field performances raising the profile of Rugby League in the City of York, we are excited to be joining them on this journey. We could immediately see the benefits of being part of this for young people across the College and we are excited about what it could become.”
See below for a That's York TV video where they spoke with Gaz Lee about the partnership will mean: