The Rugby League Academy


Designed to develop talented local players, aged 16-18, who have the potential to compete at a high level and bring the passion and commitment needed to play for your club, The Rugby League Academy aims to produce the complete rugby playing professional.

  • Open to aspiring players aged 16-18
  • Develops sporting and academic performance in the heart of your club
  • Achieves outstanding academic learner outcomes
  • A track record for players progressing into the first team, relevant employment or higher education

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This tried and tested rugby excellence and education programme, created specifically for Rugby League clubs, community trusts and private academies will help your club attract, develop and retain quality youth players and give them the opportunity to become talented playing professionals.

Programme Benefits

Delivering both sporting and educational excellence, whilst also being tailored to your club’s programme needs, The Rugby League Academy will:

  • Attract, develop and retain quality youth players
  • Provide a guaranteed revenue stream through the provision of facilities and coaching staff
  • Give you a tailored programme to meet your club’s needs
  • Provide opportunities to support the NEET agenda in your sport
  • Meet core social responsibilities within your community, education, health, social inclusion and sports development
  • Heighten awareness and positive PR

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  • The entire programme is delivered direct from your facilities
  • The programme can be offered as:
    • Youth Scholarship
    • Second Chance
    • Community Rugby For All
    • Women’s development

Why Partner with SCL

SCL is the leading provider of education through sport in the Further Education sector and is one of the UK’s largest providers of sports-based education. We are a government-approved, privately owned training provider and are highly respected in our field, renowned for setting the benchmark in Sports Academy provision.

  • Successfully graduated 6,000+ Academy players
  • Partner with 40+ professional and non-league sports clubs, community trusts and private academies
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery
  • Over 15 years’ experience


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We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding education programmes for young people and are very proud of the reputation we have built within the Further Education, Adult Skills and Sport & Leisure sector. This is the very reason we attract new clubs each season and maintain long sustainable partnerships. We are always looking for likeminded partners to delivery programme that share our vision and values.

We also:

  • Develop strong working relationships with our Academy partners
  • Provide excellent education programmes
  • Run our programmes to the highest of standards
  • Manage the programmes from start to finish
  • Provide Quality Assurance of coaching programmes
  • Assist players in achieving outstanding academic learner outcomes and relevant progression routes on completion
  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.