The London Broncos academy rating has remained at ‘good’ for the second consecutive year, alongside clubs such as Castleford Tigers, having first been upgraded in 2015, and then again in 2016.
Following an independent accreditation process, which monitors the performance and progression of 13 junior development programmes, the results, released by the RFL Thursday morning, affirm that London’s progress in developing and retaining youth, as well as the programmes and facilities provided, are only continuing to improve.
This is the sixth year that the Academy accreditation audit has taken place. The process is focused on three key areas: quality of leadership and management; how well Academies meet the needs of players; and the delivery of the player development system. London’s ‘good’ rating puts the club ahead of some Super League academies.
London Broncos have continued to make substantial progress over the last 12 months and as a result have had their ‘Good’ status reaffirmed. The facility provides an excellent training / playing environment and the programme has developed in many areas, including nutritional provision, to offer a holistic player experience.
Collaboration with partners such as St Mary’s University enables a transition through the educational pathway and the synergy between the Academy and first team offers a clear pathway to become a full-time professional player.
Head of Youth, Rob Powell, commented that retaining the status for second year running aptly highlights the importance the club places on developing London youth, in an effort to grow the game in the south of the country: “We are happy with the progress we have made over the last 12 months. Following rating upgrades in 2015 and 2016 we knew it wouldn’t be possible to move up again this year as we were one of the few academies who only received a ‘two hour light touch’ accreditation this time round rather than the full two day process.
“We have been working towards making improvement across the board so that we will be in a strong position when we come to applying for the next four year academy licence at the the end of this year. I would like to thank all the staff, players and parents from within the academy for all their effort and the wider club for their continued support of our programme.
“We strive to continue to provide opportunities for people from London and the South East and further afield to have opportunities to become full time professional rugby league players, which we have a strong history of doing.”