East Durham's Got Talent And A First Class Facility

16 players from the Rugby Football League’s Regional Player Development Centre have been shaping up their skills and athleticism at East Durham College.

The players aged between 14 and 16 were selected as the best school and club players in County Durham and surrounding area to play against a team from the Midlands.

The RFL’s coaches worked on the players’ technical skills and their physical development was honed by Julie Twaddle, a Strength & Conditioning Coach from The English Institute of Sport.

Over the 8 week programme the coaches and players have taken full advantage of the great facilities on offer at East Durham College by using the indoor sports hall, state-of-the-art gym and the 3G all-weather pitch.

Head Coach Andy Stanton commented: “I’d like to thank East Durham College for hosting us for the last few weeks. It has been a great partnership which I think has benefitted both parties.

“The lads have been really impressed with the facilities and a few have already signed up to the gym. The quality of the equipment gives them a great incentive to join and hopefully prepare them to progress their careers in rugby league.”

Rob Jones, East Durham Community Rugby Coach, added: “The project has been very successful in helping us develop rugby league in East Durham. When this opportunity arose the College were only too keen to work in partnership with the RFL again.

“It was a real shame the fixture had to be cancelled due to all the snow over at the Houghall Campus. But as a consolation I managed to get the RFL’s Challenge Cup, currently held by the Warrington Wolves, to visit the College to cheer the team up.”