Calderdale College to become education partners to Halifax RLFC23rd February 2011
Calderdale College has today announced that they will become the education partners of Halifax RLFC. The unique and original nature of the deal means that although no money will be exchanged, the relationship will bring significant benefits to both parties.
The arrangement will enable the Club to have a training base in Calderdale for the first time in a number of years, as they will make use of the new sports facilities currently being built at the College’s Francis Street site. The facilities will include: an all weather sports pitch, full size sports hall and gym. In addition Club members will have access to: pre, during and post season fitness testing, including cardiovascular and respiratory testing, flexibility, strength and endurance testing; lifestyle analysis and nutritional and well being advice. All such testing and advice wil be administered by College Sports students.
Students in the College's Rugby League Academy will benefit from access to master coaching sessions, as well as having the opportunity to progress to the Halifax Under 23 team. Work experience opportunities for College students will also be available.
In addition, both parties will work together to increase female participation in the sport via the launch of a female Rugby League academy at the College.
Matt Taylor, Marketing Manager of Halifax RLFC said “We have had links with Calderdale College for a few years now, but we have always been looking at ways to improve it. When the plans for the new sports facility came out, it was an obvious avenue to go down, and we feel the training facilities for the team will be excellent in the coming years. It’s also great to have them so closely linked with the new Under 23 squad. We hope to see a few Calderdale College students make the progression for future years and we are certainly laying down the foundations for an excellent set up”.
In response, Michael Ainsworth, Marketing Manager of the College said, “I’m delighted that we are announcing this venture today as it’s the culmination of over 12 months work. First and foremost it’s going to deliver fantastic opportunities for both parties and it feels good that the College is enabling them to ‘return home’ for their training base. Both parties feel that it will also help strengthen the Club’s Superleague application. Perhaps one of the most unique elements of the deal is that no money is being exchanged, it’s come about through common sense and working together on shared interests”.