Astley Community High School has been accredited as an England Rugby League Player Development School through the RFL’s Embed The Pathway programme.
Through the education and training of children’s coaches, Embed The Pathway aims to increase the number of quality 12 to 14-year-old rugby league players, improve standards and develop potential England stars.
The accreditation recognises Astley’s delivery of Embed the Pathway in school through the extra-curricular offer of rugby league and the appointment of development coach Lee Carbutt.
Success has already been achieved with the Astley High Year 10 girls becoming national champions.
Through the scheme Astley can access free professional development provided by RFL partners to develop further good practice and quality players.
Astley students recently benefitted from a training session with Super League team Hull Kingston Rovers.
The accreditation is an indication of good practice helping coaches, parents, teachers and players/students recognise which schools or other organisations are working in partnership with England Rugby League.
Astley CHS executive headteacher John Barnes said: “We are proud to receive this accreditation from the RFL.
“It is testament to the talent and hard work that we are seeing from our students together with the professional dedication of our rugby league development coach and PE staff.
“It’s great to be recognised by the RFL as a school that is delivering good practice and also to have the opportunity to access training from some of the best in rugby league.”
North east region development coach Michael Heap said: “The contribution to the Embed The Pathway programme from Astley High and Mr Carbutt has been outstanding.
“Not only has Mr Carbutt gone through the accreditation process as a coach, getting the school accredited, he has also provided much needed support to the inclusion of a number of schools from the Northumberland and North Tyneside area.
“We already seem to be seeing the benefits of Embed The Pathway at Astley High as their teams from all year groups and both genders have performed very well in both the Central Venue Leagues, which Mr Carbutt facilitates, and the RFL Champion Schools competition.
“I’d like to thank Astley High and Mr Carbutt for their ongoing support of Embed The Pathway.”