Litten & Laidlaw Praise Club’s College Pathway

Litten & Laidlaw Praise Club’s College Pathway

Hull FC first-team players Davy Litten and Matty Laidlaw have praised the club’s Sports College pathway, with applications still open for the 2024/25 academic year.

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Hull FC first-team players Davy Litten and Matty Laidlaw have praised the club’s Sports College pathway, with applications still open for the 2024/25 academic year.

Both players came through the club’s college programme, part of the club’s burgeoning Centre of Excellence, and are now enjoying their time within the club’s first-team environment.

The college celebrated some incredible results on Results Day 2023, and will be hoping for similar success later this summer – last year, 97% of all students across the college’s various courses achieved their target grade or above, including our NCFE Level 2 & 3 courses in Sport & Physical Activity.

93% of learners secured their immediate futures before departing the college, progressing into either further or higher education, or into employment.

The Centre of Excellence offers an unrivalled rugby league programme combining coaching, development, and education to give young players and students the very best opportunity to progress into professional sport – both playing and off field roles.

It is also the next step on the Hull FC pathway to academy and first-team for elite minded students, proudly representing our club and sharing our values, aspirations and club colours from scholarship to first-grade.

It provides young rugby league players or budding sports professionals a tailor-made route for a career in sport, removing all the traditional limitations of other providers as well as offering first-hand experience in a professional club.

Speaking to, Litten said: “I originally applied for Bishop Burton College but I was made aware of the Hull FC Sport College, so I went down to one of the open days and luckily for me it worked out like a dream.

“I’d say to anybody who is just leaving school and are wondering what to do next, if you want to continue your education but still be involved in sport, Hull FC’s Sports College is the best place to be.

“The coaches there make it a really professional environment, and they make it a real possibility for you to push on and earn an Academy contract. Or if that’s not for you and you want to follow a different path in sport, they support you to do that just as much.

“It was always a good environment to be in. There was a good level of banter and there was also times when we knuckled down together and worked hard. The coaches understand and support that kind of environment.”

Matty Laidlaw, added: “I was doing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport with the Hull FC Sports College and I was able to balance that with my Rugby League really well.

“I really, really enjoyed it. The set-up at the Centre of Excellence is really good for helping you get to know everyone. I had a great relationship with all of the lads down there, which made me look forward to getting out on the field with them on a Wednesday afternoon.

“Because the Academy and Sports College is based in the same place, the two work hand in hand really well.”

Interested in joining the Hull FC College for the 2024/25 academic year? Click here to find out everything you need to know.

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