York College Knights

The York College Knights Rugby League Programme combines students’ studies with the opportunity to represent the City, College and York City Knights in regular fixtures against other colleges and Sixth Forms.

Men’s 1st team staff member and Foundation coach Will Leatt leads the programme and runs the twice-weekly training sessions that include field-based training and a gym session as part of the students’ timetable.

The programme at York College provides an extra step on the Knights pathway after the Excel+ Programme. Currently, ten students from previous Excel+ Programmes have taken the opportunity to play for the College.

Will Leatt of York City Knights Foundation said: “It gives myself and the club an opportunity to continue our relationship with these young athletes who are so enthusiastic about rugby league in York. They’re keen to develop their own skills and understanding of the game, as all the Excel graduates in the squad currently play for a local community club, but it also gives us a chance to offer them work experience and paid work which adds to our presence and impact in the community”.

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