In September 2015, Archbishop Sentamu Academy launched the Rugby League Scholarship Programme. The programme was created by former-Head of Development at Hull Kingston Rovers, Pete Grayburn, after seeing potential to inspire and encourage the development of young sports men and women at the academy.
“Our aim is to produce independent, intelligent learners who are well-rounded and respectable individuals through the guidance and support of patient and committed educators, mentors and coaches. We adopt a fair management system alongside the use of role models and a positive yet hard working attitude on and off the field.”
“Scholarship students’ timetables are unique to any other students in the academy as they will be placed into specific Rugby Scholarship lessons throughout the week. Behaviour is monitored and the scholar’s place on the programme is subject to their behaviour and attitude in all areas of the school environment.” – Pete Grayburn
The programme has proved successful both on and off the pitch, praised by other schools and local rugby clubs, who have seen an improvement in performances and attitude.
“The successes are growing year upon year and we are proud that the success is not only on the field but in the classroom, too. We base ourselves upon good behaviour and this has helped to develop the discipline required to breed success on and off the field.” Pete Grayburn
This year’s successes include:
- 4 out of 5 girls age groups reached Yorkshire Cup Finals – three teams being ranked 3rd in the whole of Yorkshire, with the other age group yet to play.
- 4 out of 5 boys’ age groups won their respective leagues and qualified for the Yorkshire Cup competition.
- Year 8 boys ranked in the top 8 in Yorkshire, Year 9 ranked 2nd in Yorkshire and in the top 4 in England / Wales.
- We are extremely proud of our scholars who have taken another step on the pathway with professional academies – Travis (15) – Castleford Academy, Connor (17) – City of Hull Academy.
Anyone can apply, the programme is open to all athletes both male and female and is none selective depending on intake and participation.
ASA Australian Rugby League Tour
In June 2018, 21 pupils from the scholarship programme (Year 8/9 Boys) will travel to Australia on a trip of a lifetime. The scholars will visit Sydney, Manly and Brisbane where they will play competitive fixtures against some of the best young players in the world.