The Huddersfield Giants Community Trust will begin an academy partnership with Kirklees College in September 2020.

The partnership will create a mixed team will be made up of students from the local community and from a variety of Future Education courses rather than just sport focussed courses.

The partnership allows students attending Kirklees College to use the Giant’s Rugby League academy. Students can also be coached by staff at the Huddersfield Giants and can compete in the RFL Premier League.

This partnership with the Giants is part of Kirklees College’s expansive Sports Academy provision which forms an inclusive team to develop homegrown talent in the region.

Matt Robinson, Curriculum Area Manager for Sport, Uniform Protective Services and Children and Families at Kirklees College, said: “We have been working on this partnership for some time and it feels great to finally get it over the line. This exciting partnership will give our students the platform to play and enhance their skills to push on towards playing at a higher level in the future, whilst studying at college.”

Jonny Benton, Education Manager at Huddersfield Giants Community Trust, added: “We are looking forward to working with Kirklees College to widen the opportunity for local Rugby League players to train and play for the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust Development Academy, alongside their academic studies.

Huddersfield Giants Education Programme offers a BTEC Sport Level 3 and with this partnership there is now a fantastic opportunity to grow the number of active Rugby League players aged 16-19, with the inclusion of Kirklees College learners from a range of courses, joining the Development Academy.”

Further information about Kirklees College and the Huddersfield Giants can be found at www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk or https://hgct.co.uk/