Mercian Development Academy Partner with Castleford

Mercian Development Academy (MDA) today announced a new partnership with Castleford Tigers, one of the most famous clubs in professional Rugby League. Castleford Tigers through its Tigers Trust will provide coaching expertise & advise with regular sessions at the MDA in Malvern. MDA students will also have access to Castleford Tigers ETP events & home games at Castleford Tigers.

In welcoming the new partnership, Stuart Hood, Academy Director for the MDA, said: “We are very excited about teaming up with such a great Rugby League club as Castleford Tigers. Their ethos as a club & their investment in youth through the Castleford Tiger Trust is well known. It was clear early on that they shared the same vision as ourselves, in wanting to produce the very best rugby league players that we can, in the very best way possible. I would like to thank Tim Rumford, Tigers Trust Community Manager for making this partnership a reality.’ Fred Dowdeswell, Business Manager at Dyson Perrins stated ‘we welcome the new partnership & look forward to welcoming MDA students to the school and making them part of the school community. We will be working closely with the MDA to maximise the educational potential of all our students.”

The Mercian Development Academy based at Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy, Malvern, Worcestershire will provide education and rugby league training required to support players to reach the highest level in the sport. The programme caters for players from 16-18 years of age. The MDA provides a structured pathway to support the development and transition of promising young rugby league players through to the professional game & ultimately the Super League with Castleford Tigers. It’s an exciting time for the Mercian Development Academy & this is another big step in establishing a Rugby League hub in Malvern, Worcestershire. The MDA is open to all players & students from across the Midlands. With our Educational Academy, Open weekly training session & Development Squads 12-15 years of age our aim to is grow Rugby League in the Midlands & produce first rate professional

For more information please contact:

Stuart Hood, Academy Director
Phone: 01905 676117 or 07841 037230