New College Bradford and Bradford Bulls have signed a partnership deal providing opportunities for young people in the Bradford area.
The new project, known formally as the New College Bradford Bulls Development Academy, gives aspiring Rugby League players the chance to study their chosen course at New College Bradford whilst also having timetabled sessions to train and play for the Bradford Bulls academy.
Beginning in the academic year of 2020/21, the academy offers a specially designed programme aimed at both male and female students aged 16-18 years of age, allowing them to compete against other development academies, scholarship and academy players whilst completing their A-Level or BTEC qualification. Students of all abilities will be able to join the programme, training twice a week and playing matches competitively alongside their chosen level of study.
Head of youth development at Bradford Bulls, Leigh Beattie, said: ‘We are delighted to have secured this partnership with New College Bradford, which is a fantastic new facility in the heart of the city.’
Principal of New College Bradford, Stuart Nash, said: ‘Our partnership with Bradford Bulls further enhances educational and sporting opportunities for the young people of Bradford. The academy provides an alternative progression route into university or career in the sport and leisure industry.’
The scheme is another example of the way New College Bradford is working closely with the local community to develop meaningful progression into professional careers for many of Bradford’s young people.
Principal, Stuart Nash signs the deal with the Bradford Bulls