Combining education and sporting excellence, East Berkshire College has launched a new Rugby Academy in partnership with one of the country’s top rugby clubs, London Irish RFC.
To mark the official launch, students from the college’s rugby team were invited down to the London Irish training ground in Sunbury-on-Thames to meet their sporting heroes face to face.
First team players were on hand to put the students through their paces, giving the students advice on tactics and training.
Forming part of the college’s Sports Academy, the new rugby programme offers males and females aged 16-19 the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level, with professional coaches.
London Irish and England winger Topsy Ojo said: “The College’s academy provides young players with a great opportunity to combine rugby progression with academic development. The Academy will equip players with the skills necessary to continue their careers in sport whether their destiny is on the pitch or off of it.”