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Halifax Academy at Calderdale College

Calderdale College and Halifax RLFC are working in partnership to produce the best possible learning experience and opportunities for local talented Rugby League players.

School leavers have the opportunity to join our ‘Halifax Academy’ programme and study a BTEC Qualification whilst getting quality professional training and brilliant playing opportunities from Halifax RLFC. Headed up by Captain and Calderdale College ‘Head of Rugby’, Scott Murrell, the course has already provided a gateway to a career in rugby league for past students.

Previously named the ‘Performance Pathway’, Halifax Academy is the only academy with direct links to Halifax RLFC and was created to bridge the gap between local amateur rugby league talent and our first team squad. The grassroots programme opens the door to our Reserves side, with the aim to develop and guide youth talent in Halifax, to eventually don our famous blue and white colours and represent the town as a part of the First Team.

Calderdale College’s state of the art facilities at the Inspire Centre provides students with an excellent grounding to achieve an RFL tier 3 accredited qualification, and to be able to progress to the professional game whilst becoming qualified.

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