A SCHOOLBOY has secured a prestigious sports scholarship.
Jack Williams, a Year 11 student at Astley High School in Seaton Delaval, has been awarded the scholarship from the Rugby Football League (RFL), the sports governing body.
The promising youngster has gone on to represent North East Thunder Rugby League team, which is formed from the best under-15s and under-16s in the region.
Jack will now have the opportunity to access the sport’s north east academy from next year, which will enter the rugby league academy structure from 2014 onwards.
As part of the north east academy, players will get 30 hours rugby league related coaching a week, as well as paid for attending college and being able to study A-Levels and BTECs.
Community rugby league coach Lee Carbutt said: “The scholarship programme has really given all players in the north east a massive opportunity to make a living out of rugby league.
“With the formation of the scholarship it gives the players chance to access the best coaching and fitness work.
“Alongside this the RFL has set up the regional academy, which in essence, basically gives players chance to get paid and become full-time rugby league players, all while attending college and getting the correct education.
“I have started looking in schools and clubs for any kids in Year 8 or 9 who want to start on the performance pathway and hopefully achieve what Jack has.”
The scholarship team now puts north east rugby league players on the same level as those in traditional rugby league heartlands of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbira.
For more information visit www.northeastrl.co.uk