The RFL has granted Colne Rugby Academy the status of an Accredited RFL Category 3 Academy on the basis of their partnership with London Broncos.
The new agreement allows for shared resources, player supply, and the creation of a pathway for Colne Academy and Eastern Rhinos Rugby League Club players to professional rugby league. The Broncos will provide coaching support, as well development opportunities at Trailfinders for Colne’s players and coaches.
Proving a success already, Dan Harding and Will Blakemore, both Colne Academy and Eastern Rhinos players, have both signed contracts with the Broncos under 19s.The duo are part of the six new players signed to the Broncos academy.
Rob Powell, Head of Youth, at the Broncos commented: “This Category 3 accreditation by the RFL is a testament to the hard work and investment that Colne Academy are putting into rugby league.
“We operate in a huge catchment area, and this partnership allows us to help in the development of the players in the Colchester/Essex area. The fact that two players have been offered contracts into our 19s shows the partnership is working.”
Peter Le Marquand, Colne Academy, Director of Rugby, added: “Colne Rugby Academy are very proud to be linked formally with London Broncos.
“This partnership allows us to have access to elite training methods and provide our students with a pathway to the professional game. This will be a great benefit to Colne Academy’s students and staff, and the local community through Eastern Rhinos Rugby League Club.”
Similarly to the Broncos, Colne Academy has also recently formed a link with St Mary’s University providing additional options for young rugby league players in the south of the country.