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Calderdale College Rugby Centre of Excellence


The initiative has been set up in partnership with Halifax Rugby League Football Club (HRLFC), the local professional club, and will allow students at Calderdale College to receive professional coaching based at the new state-of-the-art facilities. The initiative is accredited by the Rugby Football League and will provide the only player pathway in Calderdale with a direct link to HRLFC. Richard Marshall (HRLFC Head Coach) and Scott Murrell (HRLFC Club Captain) will deliver and drive the Centre of Excellence. Students at the College will be able to utilise the extensive network and links in the community to help them progress professionally.


• Train and play alongside the HRLFC first team in the College’s state-of-the-art facilities. • Gain a range of employability skills and have the option to progress to university • Receive quarterly performance reviews to help enhance your development both on and off the field • Personal strength and conditioning programme • Representative honours available – Yorkshire and England • 1 to 1 training- The ultimate for player development. Sessions focused on an individual's needs and areas for improvement show accelerated gains and results. • Video analysis - A key coaching tool to help every player develop. • Match day preparation - Key to success, preparation. From warm ups to mental rehearsal and diet, all aspects will be covered to give your students the best chance to succeed. Failure to prepare is as good as preparing to fail. • Match day management – The coach will prepare the team for each match as well as observe, provide feedback and therefore design a more fitting and accurate training programme for the academy.

Course Leader profile

Scott Murrell

Scott Murrell started his playing career at Drighlington ARLFC before joining the Leeds Rhinos Academy. During his time at Leeds he was part of the Great Britain academy squad which toured Australia. After leaving Leeds, Scott made 6 appearances for the London Broncos, before joining Hull Kingston Rovers where he made 178 first team appearances.

Scott now plays at Halifax RLFC where he is the Club Captain, he also acted as head coach for the 3 remaining fixtures of last season. Scott has extensive experience and knowledge of the game and is invaluable to the Club. Scott has also coached children in primary and secondary schools along with local community clubs. He has a great personality on and off the field and has become an integral part of the local rugby landscape.  

Entry Requirements

All students must be studying a full time course. All applicants will be invited to a trial.

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Who is the course for?

Learners,16-18, that are currently on a Full-time course at Calderdale College.

What makes the course special?

Students at the College will be able to utilise the extensive network and links in the community to help them progress professionally.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2016; September 2017
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  • Venue: Calderdale College with Halifax Rugby League Football Club (HRLFC)
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  • Level: Level 3
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Calderdale College,
Francis Street,
Halifax, HX1 3UZ

+44 (0) 1422 357 357

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+44 (0) 1422 399 399

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+44 (0) 1422 399 316