If you live, breathe and sleep Rugby, then we’re the college for you. New for 2019/20 our Rugby Academy, in partnership with Halifax RLFC, is a unique opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a career in the industry, or to further your study at university.

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Halifax RLFC Under 19s Academy, is the only official pathway to the Halifax RLFC’s first team. The Academy allows student athletes studying at Calderdale College to begin their rugby career with a professional league club, whilst gaining a nationally-recognised BTEC qualification. The Academy also offers a unique opportunity for players to study in our Trade Academy for a qualification in a trade of their choice – the only sports education programme in the country delivering such a route.

Head Coach Scott Murrell has an extensive playing career, starting at Leeds Rhinos as a scholar Scott has played for London Broncos, Hull KR and 2019 Challenge Cup Semi Finalists Halifax RLFC, where he is currently club captain and assistant coach to Simon Grix.

Kai Williams (Halifax RLFC Reserves 2018)
Kai learnt his trade at Ovenden ARLFC and came to Calderdale College in September 2017 join the Rugby Academy. Kai’s talent was quickly spotted and began training with Halifax Reserve Squad in January 2018. Kai now hopes to impress during his second year at college and secure a first team contract in the future.

Will Callcott (Halifax RLFC 2017-)
After growing up playing for amateur sides Illingworth and Siddal ARLFC, Will made his way to his to his professional debut after being a part of the Academy programme at Calderdale College, where he was one of many students to progress to the Halifax Reserve squad. Will say’s playing on The Shay pitch versus Leigh Centurions as part of the first team was his proudest moment in rugby league.

Brad Hill (England Colleges, 2013)

Jake Smith (England Colleges, 2013)

Callum Dunne (England Colleges, 2013)

Paige Costello (Thatto Heath Ladies, Castleford Tigers Ladies, England Women’s)


  • Student Rugby League National College Cup Winner 2014
  • Student Rugby League Championship Winner 2014
  • Student Rugby League College 9s Yorkshire Winner 2014
  • Student Rugby League Northern League Winner 2014

2020 events to be confirmed in September.

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