What is Hull FC's Centre of Excellence?
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The Hull FC Centre of Excellence is the club’s rugby development and education pathway, including academy, reserves, scholarship and development college squads, as well as extending to female and disability rugby league.
The Centre of Excellence also offers an exclusive, in-house education programme for aspiring rugby league players, talented athletes and those interested in a career in sport, aged 16-19.
More than 100 players are part of the Centre of Excellence, with further places available.
The club’s Centre of Excellence, the overarching pathway for the club’s development programmes, combines top-class coaching and facilities with tailored education and mentorship, strengthening the route from grassroots rugby to first-team.
The Category 1 ‘Outstanding’ rated Centre of Excellence now boasts four squads – scholarship squad, development squad, reserves squad and academy squad – as well as a Rising Stars programme for players on the cusp of breaking into the first-team.
The roster for the season includes over 100 players aged between 14 and 19, including some of the brightest young talent from the region and further afield – including recruits from across Yorkshire, Lancashire and as far afield as Wales.
The Centre of Excellence roster includes a handful of players who are training with the first team squad, including Marcus Walker, Aidan Burrell and Jacob Hookem, who all made their Super League debuts in the 2021 campaign.
Hull FC have worked hard to enhance the club’s national footprint, with exciting plans continuing for regional talent hubs in Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands, amongst other areas.
Meanwhile, locally the club have been actively driving the new-look City of Hull & District Rugby League movement which has already recorded at 12% increase in participation in the sport.
In addition, the Centre of Excellence programme also boasts a women and girls rugby league pathway from U12s to open age, with the senior squad playing in the Championship in 2022, alongside disability rugby league squads, including Hull’s championship winning wheelchair team.
The club’s network of education partners also bring a wealth of experience from the sports sector, having worked with the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Leicester Tigers, Bristol Bears and Yorkshire Cricket.
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