What is Hull FC's Centre of Excellence?
Find out more about Hull FC's Centre of Excellence...
The Hull FC Centre of Excellence is the club’s rugby development and education pathway, including academy, 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, elite squad and academy squad – as well as a Rising Stars programme for players on the cusp of breaking into the first-team.
The club intend to continue their Reserve team when Covid protocols allow, and in addition will also oversee the University of Hull rugby league programme which offers exit routes into higher education.
Whilst the 2020 academy season was abandoned due to Coronavirus, the club’s elite squad were crowned champions of the National Colleges League in their debut season – winning all but one game.
The roster for the season includes 112 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 group includes nine players who have already represented their country (England 7, Wales 2), with eight players currently spending pre-season with the first-team squad.
Academy graduates Ben McNamara and Jude Ferreira are already on first-team contracts, but can still feature for the academy this season, whilst promising young stars like Davy Litten and Welshman Jamarie Chatham have progressed through the club’s Centre of Excellence.
Further work to enhance the club’s national footprint will continue over the coming months with exciting plans progressing for a number of regional talent hubs, including Yorkshire, North-West and the Midlands, amongst other areas, whilst 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 2021, alongside disability rugby league squads, including Hull’s championship winning wheelchair team and the introduction of a PDRL squad.
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.
Whilst training is overseen by international coaches, including England Academy coach Danny Wilson, the club’s education tutors also understand the pathway first hand, being made up of current or former professional rugby league players.
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