Weston College forms partnership with Bristol Rugby

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 February 2018

Left to right: Dr Paul Phillips, principal and chief executive of the Weston College Group, Jack Gadd, the college’s assistant academy manager and Mike Hall, Bristol Rugby academy manager.

Left to right: Dr Paul Phillips, principal and chief executive of the Weston College Group, Jack Gadd, the college's assistant academy manager and Mike Hall, Bristol Rugby academy manager.

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Aspiring rugby union players will have the chance to join a professional South West club.

Bristol Rugby Club will create a pathway into elite sport for Weston College’s rugby athletes and provide opportunities for students looking to progress into the professional game through avenues such as sports analysis.

The partnership will see Bristol Rugby supporting the college’s academy of sport in a number of ways including staff development, strength and conditioning provision, support and guidance for the new analysis department, plus guest sessions and lectures from coaches and players.

Bristol will also base a Developing Player Programme (DPP) centre at the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College building throughout the season for talented under 15 players from across the region who will learn more about what it takes to make it as a professional sportsman.

The college is keen to expand its sporting provision after it applied for planning permission to build a artificial sports pitch at its Loxton Road university campus last month.

MORE: New sports pitch for Weston College’s university campus.

Joel Parker, the college’s academy of sport manager, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for athletes within our rugby academy to progress into elite sport and fulfil their aspirations of becoming professional athletes.

“Having a clear pathway into Bristol Rugby will help to inspire and motivate players and we are extremely excited to see how this partnership evolves.

“We continually strive to create the best opportunities for our learners and a huge part of this is dependent on creating these key partnerships.”

Bristol Rugby academy manager, Mike Hall, added: “We are extremely excited to be working with the college’s rugby academy and to support the staff and the programme in many different areas.

“We are also pleased to offer the students a pathway into under 18 and academy rugby.

“Hopefully this is the beginning of a partnership that will blood through the next generation of South West rugby players.”

“Recently we took on Quentin Querl, who progressed into our academy programme through Weston College and he scored a try on his debut in against Bath Rugby, so it just goes to show that we have the correct systems in place for helping talent.”

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