Halifax Academy at Calderdale College

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The Academy


Halifax RLFC Academy is an accredited Tier 3 Academy and part of an RFL initiative to introduce a pathway from grass root to elite performance. It is the only Official Halifax RLFC Rugby League Academy with direct links to Halifax RLFC.


Based at the clubs training base, The Inspire Centre at Calderdale College and headed up by Club Captain Scott Murrell the Academy is part of Halifax RLFC’s professional pathway and is aimed at student athletes who wish to combine their academic studies with an opportunity to progress into the professional game.


Roll of Honour

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 Calcott (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 says 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





For more information or to apply for a place with the Halifax Academy, contact Academy@halifaxrlfc.co.uk

“These are exciting times for both Calderdale College and Halifax RLFC. I think Scott will bring with him a wealth of Rugby League knowledge. In the short time I have known him, his attitude has always been excellent and he’s a very supportive, senior figure with genuine leadership skills.”

-Richard Marshall, Halifax RLFC Head Coach

The new Rugby Centre of Excellence will offer students a rare opportunity to pursue the dream of becoming a professional rugby player, with first class coaching, whilst continuing with their studies at the College. I hope rugby players in the area will take full advantage of this opportunity and I am looking forward to seeing local junior rugby players’ progress

-Chris Jones, Calderdale College Principle

I'm ecstatic to be involved. It's been a big change for me but I'm confident in using my experience in Rugby League; amateur, semi-professional and full time, to widen the students' skill sets."

-Scott Murrell, Halifax RLFC Captain & Calderdale College Head of Rugby