Col­lege link up with Red Devils to find best tal­ent

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ACOLLEGE have en­tered an of­fi­cial part­ner­ship with a Rugby League team as part of a plan to iden­tify tal­ented fu­ture play­ers.

Rochdale’s Hop­wood Hall Col­lege have hosted Sal­ford Red Devils over the past year and have now agreed an of­fi­cial part­ner­ship be­tween the two par­ties to help bring through the next gen­er­a­tion of Bet­fred Su­per League play­ers.

Kris Robinson, cen­tre di­rec­tor for sport and pub­lic Ser­vices at Hop­wood Hall Col­lege, ex­plained why the part­ner­ship was ben­e­fi­cial for all in­volved.

He said: “Hav­ing a work­ing part­ner­ship with a Su­per League club the size of Sal­ford Red Devils is a tan­ta­liz­ing prospect for Hop­wood Hall Col­lege.

“Our learn­ers will reg­u­larly get the once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity to train along­side and learn from Sal­ford’s high-qual­ity play­ers and coach­ing staff and the club will have an ideal pipe­line for the rugby tal­ent ID of young sports­men from our col­lege.

“It’s also a great op­por­tu­nity for Hop­wood Hall Col­lege to show­case its train­ing and play­ing fa­cil­i­ties, be­ing good enough for a club as es­tab­lished as Sal­ford Red Devils is a sign of the qual­ity we of­fer our learn­ers.

“Our re­la­tion­ship with the club has been ex­cel­lent, from the Di­rec­tor of Rugby right the way down.

“We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the fu­ture holds.”

Sal­ford Red Devils’ head coach, Ian Wat­son, de­scribed the move as a ‘mas­sive’ step in the right di­rec­tion for the club.

He said: “It’s time we be­gin to get more lo­cal young play­ers com­ing through our sys­tem with the fu­ture aims of the club to have a com­plete path­way from school, com­mu­nity club, acad­e­mies through to the first team.

“The fact we can in­tro­duce young play­ers from the col­lege and Sal­ford Red Devils Cat­e­gory Three acad­emy into first team en­vi­ron­ments to aid and as­sist their de­vel­op­ment is bril­liant.

“These lads are get­ting re­warded by spend­ing time in and around an en­vi­ron­ment which al­lows them to ex­pe­ri­ence life as a pro­fes­sional Su­per League player.

“They have first-class fa­cil­i­ties at Hop­wood Hall Col­lege and with Matt at the helm we know that these lads are be­ing coached to a high stan­dard.

“The col­lege cap­tures some of the hottest tal­ent in the Rochdale and Old­ham ar­eas and we have now put the club in a po­si­tion to ac­cess that tal­ent.”

●●Sal­ford Red Devils team with pupils at Hop­wood Hall Col­lege

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