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FEATHERSTONE Rovers are delighted to announce a ground-breaking five-year partnership which is to see the University Centre at Wakefield College take up residency at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

Operated and staffed by the College, the University Centre’s sports higher education programmes are to be delivered at the home of Featherstone Rovers as part of an exciting, new initiative.

Courses involve a mixture of theoretical and practical studies. The recent development of the ASIC building, in Wakefield, means students have access to top-class learning facilities incorporating the latest in communication technology.

In order to match the quality of that experience in their practical studies, Wakefield College officials felt it was pivotal to be able to teach within an environment which truly reflects the modern-day professional sports workplace. 

The partnership provides tutors and students with access to high-quality sports development and exercise facilities within a live working environment. 

This will enable them to better apply their knowledge, and experience many aspects of strength and conditioning, practical exercise referral, performance analysis and performance coaching, gaining additional skills which employers are looking for to complement their academic achievements.

Rovers general manager Davide Longo has played a key role in securing this significant long-term partnership, as the club continues to expand its portfolio of big-name tenants. 

Longo said: “We are delighted to welcome the University Centre to the LD Nutrition Stadium. For them to choose to come here over other facilities in the area says a great deal in terms of where we are at and the progress being made.

“We have been in talks since January and what has been evident through our discussions is Wakefield College’s desire to promote and deliver a high-class education experience, which the top-quality facilities we have here will provide.

“Staff from the college have seen the work we have done in 2017 and wanted in. They believe in the direction the club is heading and that is something we can all be proud of.

“The partnership offers access to professional athletes, marketing resources and other brand support as we look to help heighten the visibility of the services provided by the University Centre.”

Director of Higher Education, Clare Hagerup, added: “We are really excited about our partnership with Featherstone Rovers. 

“Our shared ethos of investing in our communities to enable people to be the best they can be, is something of which we are really proud.

“Together we believe that our University Centre message of ‘Rethinking University Education’ will inspire people to believe that they can change their own lives by thinking a little differently.”

Shaun Cook is the Head of Sport for Wakefield College.

He said: “This district has a rich sporting heritage from grassroots through to the highest international-level sportsmen and women. 

“What we are doing with Featherstone Rovers is bringing higher level skills training into the community to make it more accessible.”