Halifax Panthers
Rugby Academy

Halifax Panthers
Learn with Halifax Panthers

If you live, breathe and sleep Rugby, then we’re the college for you. Our Rugby Academy, in partnership with Halifax Panthers, 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.

The Programme

Halifax Panthers Under 19s Academy, is the only official pathway to the Halifax Panther’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.

Learn a Trade as an Academy Student

We are proud to be able to offer a unique trade pathway for our academy students.

Calderdale College is one of the only college’s in the country to offer students the chance to learn a trade and gain a construction qualification whilst continuing their sporting journey with their academy team.

We work closely with our professional and elite sporting partners (FC Halifax Town, Halifax Panthers & Bradford Dragons), to be able to offer this exciting opportunity.

Your timetable is individually managed to ensure you get ample time in the classroom, in the workshop and on the field or court!

Roll of Honour

Kai Williams (Halifax Panthers 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 Panthers 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)

Academy Success

  • 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

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Opening Times

Mon – Fri | 9am – 9pm

Sat – Sun | 9am – 5pm

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Get in Touch

Call us on 01422 399 331 or email [email protected]

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Dance Studio
Inspire Centre Gym
Classrooms & Meeting Venue
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