College link up with Red Devils to find best talent
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