Educational dream team

(L-R): Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday), Menzie Yere, Eddie Battye & Quentin Laulu Togage (Sheffield Eagles)
(L-R): Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday), Menzie Yere, Eddie Battye & Quentin Laulu Togage (Sheffield Eagles)
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Young rugby fanatics are being given the chance to fly high – after the Owls and Eagles teamed up to offer an education scheme with a difference.

The new partnership will bring together key academic modules from Sheffield Wednesday’s Community Programme and blend them with Sheffield Eagles’ practical sessions.

The programme is now looking to recruit BTEC Level Three students with a background in rugby.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Spencer Taylor said: “We are proud to say that no other professional sporting bodies deliver these unique pathways into education.

“Our association with the Eagles has already borne fruit and now it makes perfect sense to move to the next level by delivering this programme in Sheffield.”

Ian Anniss, of the Eagles, said: “To have Sheffield Wednesday FC as a key partner with a proven track record of posting outstanding education results is great, both for us and the wider communities of Sheffield.

“We are very excited about the partnership and the opportunities it will provide for young people who have a desire to combine their studies in a working environment of professional sport.”

Successful students will graduate from the two-year programme with the Level Three BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport – the equivalent of up to three A-levels.

The course is open to students aged 16 to 18 with a keen sporting interest – particularly in rugby.

Entry requirements are four A-Cs at GCSE level, which must include maths and English.

n To enrol and for more information, contact Katie Johnson on education@swfc.co.uk.