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On the Rugby Development Programme you will receive 9-12 hours per week (on top of your academic work) of high quality rugby coaching.

The training will focus on your core rugby skills and unit skills, with a game sense approach to the coaching provided. In addition to training you will attend tutorials, player assessments, player and team match analysis, nutrition, lifestyle management, fitness testing, strength and conditioning training, rugby coaching and take part in referee qualifications. On top of all this students are given the opportunity to volunteer in local schools and clubs to help with coaching and/or refereeing to enhance their overall rugby education.

As part of the programme you will represent Team East Durham in several cups and leagues, such as the British College Sports League and Cup, the Daily Mail Cup, the Merit League and the FE Series.

East Durham College has recently been confirmed as an RFU Community Rugby Accredited College. The accreditation is from the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football Union for Women and British Colleges Sport who developed these awards in partnership.

Matt Bryan, Rugby Development Officer for the RFU, stated that: "This award recognises the high quality of rugby provision at the College. East Durham College provides a well-rounded programme, which not only ensures the students can develop to their best potential but also inspires them to become the next generation of coaches, referees and volunteers."

Previous students who have attended Team East Durham’s Rugby Development Centre include England and Bath prop, David Wilson and England (Vice-Captain) and Darlington Mowden Park Shark’s fly-half, Katy Mclean.

ED6/East Durham College’s sports facilities are second-to-none boasting a state-of-the-art gymnasium, indoor all purpose sports hall and a 3G (Third Generation) artificial all weather floodlit pitch which complies with IRB standards to enable a full game of Rugby Union or League to be played on the surface.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the College’s Rugby Development Centre should contact Gary Beck on 0191 518 8319 or e-mail gary.beck@eastdurham.ac.uk