The Leicester Tigers academy and development players were put through their paces at Brooksby Melton College recently.
The club decided to take advantage of the college’s new facilities which include full-size pitches, multi-functional sports hall, sport science lab, and a strength and conditioning gym.
Leicester’s development team recently qualified in the top half of the Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) League, while the Academy have enjoyed a successful start to the campaign.
The day at Brooksby also welcomed players and parents from the club’s Development Player Pathway programmes who were invited to find out more about Tigers youth development as well as BMC’s higher education courses.
Tigers earlier this year launched higher education and degree-based courses for its young players, and six members of its Tigers academy currently study at Brooksby Melton College.
Tigers academy manager Dave Wilkes said: “The AASE team helps prepare players for the step-up to the academy, and so far the squad have got better and better.
“The play-offs for the AASE finals give us another chance to play against the best young players in the north of England and see how much we’ve kicked on.
“Our academy boys have integrated well and we’ve had some great games so far this season.
“We had James Whitcomb, George Martin and Andre Dunn join up with the recent England rugby camp which was a great experience for them, but there’s lots more behind them who are playing well week in, week out.”
Tigers and BMC teamed up to introduce courses for students to gain qualifications in sports science alongside their professional rugby development on the pitch.
Courses at the college include a Level 3 programme in sport for students aged 16 to 18, as well as a new sports-based foundation degree or a three-year degree programme for students aged 18 to 21.
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