TyneMet’s Newcastle Thunder student heads up to the Highlands

TyneMet student Charlie Leask.
TyneMet student Charlie Leask.

A brand new course from Tyne Metropolitan College in partnership with Newcastle Thunder Rugby League Club is delivering game-ready players.

Newcastle Thunder Rugby League Club and Tyne Metropolitan College recently launched the Newcastle Rugby Academy, in September 2015, brand new provision for 16 to 19-year-olds offering aspiring sports stars and those interested in a career in the sports industry the chance to train and qualify at Kingston Park rugby ground.

Charlie Leask, 19, who is studying the Level 3 Diploma in Rugby Excellence at TyneMet, said: “I feel extremely proud to be called up by the Scotland U19 squad, I’ve been working hard for years for this moment.

“My techniques, confidence and playing ability have significantly improved since joining the course.

“My first game was against England, which was tough, but the experience was exceptional – I feel like I’m developing constantly and one day I hope to make it as a professional player.”

Newcastle Thunder students also play in the highest league division , as Newcastle Thunder’s club manager, Jordan Robinson, said: “The team have come very far and I was confident with the high calibre of their playing that they could survive and conquer in a higher division – we were delighted to make the Yorkshire Division 1.

“The team have currently won four out of five games, which is an excellent result. The squad are focused, professional and continue to work extremely hard – showcasing their skills and determination to succeed.”

The course structure is synced with advancements in the industry, providing a dual coded approach to rugby training where learners will benefit from exclusive training from both the Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Thunder rugby coaches offering extensive experience.

Newcastle Thunder’s managing director, Keith Christie, said: “This is an exciting time for both partners and it’s a fantastic opportunity for young people who want to work in sport, Charlie’s success clearly highlights this.

“The course provides an excellent platform for progression within the industry – the chance to work and train alongside rugby professionals in first class facilities is a unique experience and one that offers so much potential.”

The exclusive sports course at the academy, the Level 3 Diploma in Rugby Excellence, offers learners access to the state-of-the-art facilities at Kingston Park, including the 3D synthetic pitch for training purposes.

TyneMet’s head of curriculum for sport at TyneMet, Warick Stephenson, said: “We have developed this course alongside Newcastle Thunder which allows young people access to high quality coaching – offering players the opportunity to develop on and off the field within an academic setting.

“Our aim as an education provider is to supply the skills employers require and equip young people with the relevant skills, qualifications and experience to be successful in the industry.

“This is a unique and fantastic opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in the sport industry, we are truly delighted for Charlie, he has demonstrated commitment, determination and talent – which has resulted in one of the most prestigious squads taking on our student player.”

For more information about the course in partnership with Newcastle Thunder, call Tyne Metropolitan College on (0191) 229 5000 or email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk