Northumberland College is taking inspiration from the nation’s current passion for this year’s Rugby World Cup.
The Ashington college is launching a rugby academy, part of its wider sports academy, in partnership with Corbridge’s Tynedale Rugby Club and England Rugby.
The launch will coincide with a calendar of events to celebrate the Tyne Valley club’s 140th anniversary next year.
The academy is aimed at students who already have an interest in the sport, play for another team or who are keen sportspeople and want to try out rugby.
It is designed to give students an immersive experience in rugby and its club culture, with students being able to take advantage of all facilities at the Corbridge ground. They will also be able to take part in training sessions with coaching staff.
The academy will combine practical sessions with academic achievement and life skills.
The first year will concentrate on developing students as players, looking at the paid and unpaid roles available in rugby.
The second year will provide progression routes into careers and higher education.
Courses are aimed at male and female learners aged 16 to 23.
Learners will study for a BTec diploma in sport from September 2016, covering anatomy and physiology, risk assessment in sport, fitness testing and sports coaching.