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Your News Coventry link up with Henley College

National One club Coventry have linked up with the city’s Henley College to provide rugby and educational opportunities for talented players in the 16-19 year old age group.

The Henley College Rugby Development Centre will provide a bespoke educational framework to provide students with a platform to prepare for a professional career through the guidance of Coventry RFC & Henley College.

The development centre will provide a structured player pathway along with an education programme offering players an opportunity to gain RFU qualifications and develop their coaching skills within the community.

Pete Glackin, Henley College’s Director of Rugby and first team backs coach at Coventry, said: “The established structure is already in place within the college and this partnership with the city’s leading club will be pivotal in developing talent in Coventry.

“We have already seen the pathway in place with college players recently representing the Coventry Nighthawks and England Colleges. I firmly believe in the importance of educating players within the game and this framework will aim to provide players with the utmost opportunity to develop their rugby careers further”

In addition to studying, players will participate in daily training sessions both with the Coventry club and at Henley College’s facilities. They will compete in a competitive college league structure with matches played primarily a Wednesday afternoons but with a number under floodlights.

Home matches will be played at Coventry’s Butts Park Arena allowing local youth players the opportunity to play rugby within their home city stadium.

The programme will allow players the chance to develop skills and an understanding in Sports Nutrition, Training & Fitness, Analysis of Sports Performance and Psychology in preparation for their rugby development and will complement their rugby training programme.

Coventry Director of Rugby Phil Maynard said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all local talented players to progress in both their rugby and educational development and with it being the first of its kind in the City of Coventry it is a great pathway that will help players in the quest for rugby in Coventry colours”.

This exciting venture will also match Jaguar Land Rover and Unipart Logistics commitment to the club and community in striving to bring Coventry back to a leading community club.

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