Our partner club St Helens RLFC’s junior development programme has been reated ‘Outstanding’ by the Rugby Football League.

“It is accolades such as this which make us unbelievably proud to be partnered to this great club.” said Rebels development manager Rob  Butland. “For a club such as ours, having Saints there to guide, coach, develop and inspire us is paramount to our long term success and this kind of recognition for them galvanises our faith in their approach to development. We have seen first hand the first-class facilities at the club and we know that the people there are dedicated to delivering an environment perfect for players of the future to thrive in.”

St Helens will be back in Cornwall in July to co-deliver the first ever Schools Festival with the Rebels. 6 schools and up to 150 pupils are scheduled to take part in the day following the successful delivery of the Embed the Pathway Rugby League resource into secondary schools throughout this academic year.

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By Aaron Bower of

Five Super League clubs have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Rugby Football League in relation to their junior development programmes and Academy systems.

The annual results assist parents and players as they commit to the academy structure for their development as a player. 2016 builds on the Academy accreditation system that has taken place in each of the last five years. It is a detailed assessment of the Academies’ performance and structure.

Academies have been awarded licences to run for four years through to 2020 and are measured against that and their current practice.

Jon Roberts, who is the RFL Director of Performance and Development, said: “We are pleased to announce the results of the 2016 Academy Accreditation process. It is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of the academy teams.

“The standards of players emerging from club academies increases year on year. Player quality is having a positive impact on Super League and England. The Academy Accreditation process is thorough, and obtaining the highest level of accreditation requires a huge amount of work right across the club. We work closely with all club academies to help them as they address issues and make improvements throughout the year.

“This information is vital for the clubs themselves, and especially for players and their parents. This process gives them confidence as they will be committing to the academy for their development as a player.”

5 clubs – LEEDS RHINOS; ST HELENS; WARRINGTON WOLVES; WIDNES VIKINGS; WIGAN WARRIORS – have been rated as ‘outstanding’ in recognition of the excellence of their junior development programmes from age 12 upwards.

5 clubs – BRADFORD BULLS; CASTLEFORD TIGERS; HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS; LONDON BRONCOS; NEWCASTLE THUNDER have been rated as ‘good’ after making significant improvements over the last 12 months.

2 clubs – SALFORD RED DEVILS; WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS have been rated as ‘needs improvement’ and are addressing areas of weakness to build on existing strengths.

2 clubs – CATALANS DRAGONS and CITY OF HULL have yet to be assessed in 2016 and results will be updated shortly.

Following the assessment process the academy in Cumbria will be restructured, and a strategy developed with all local partners to improve the player pipeline and help talented players to reach their potential.


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