Wasps rugby programme replaced at City of Oxford College – Oxford Mail

Uncategorized

A COLLEGE in Oxford has become one of only eight in the country to be given England Rugby Partner College status.
The rugby initiative delivered at City of Oxford College was previously the Wasps ACE [Academy, Colleges and Education] Programme, in partnership with the former Gallagher Premiership side.
Wasps entered administration in October, a fate which resulted in the club losing their Premiership status amid more than 160 people losing their jobs.
Last month, the club announced it would return for the 2023/24 season and will play in the Championship, the second tier in England.
That was after their takeover, led by former director Christopher Holland, was approved by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
Replacing the Wasps ACE Programme in Oxford is the newly named Activate Rugby Academy, which has been given the England Rugby Partner College status.
It was great to chat to @ChinnorRFCThame Wildboys co-captain Harry Lowe about their five-year unbeaten run. Some record!https://t.co/HhClDi7hTf
Martin Unsworth, academies co-ordinator at City of Oxford College, said: “We are proud to facilitate excellence and maintain a balance.
“Education and training go hand in hand, and we give our learners and players the very best opportunity to succeed.
“Activate Learning is committed to supporting aspiring young rugby players into professional playing careers and the exciting rebrand to Activate Rugby Academy shows this.”
Boys’ head coach Alex Guest, who was previously junior academy manager at Gloucester Rugby, was also excited by the England Rugby Partner College status.
READ MORE: Oxfordshire captain retires from red ball cricket
He said: “The boys’ programme is continuing to rise to the top of the college game with another strong outing in the prestigious RFU ACE League.
“On the field, the programme is succeeding, and we are matching this in the classroom.
“We have excellent accommodation to offer prospective students and the academic offering is wide-ranging to suit and support their future progressions.”
Pat Metcalfe-Jones, girls’ head coach, added: “This is an excellent achievement for the City of Oxford College.
“While the girls’ rugby programme is still in its infancy, the achievement of England Rugby Partner College status demonstrates our rapidly growing presence in the female game.”
Activate Rugby Academy offers both boys and girls aged between 16 and 18 the opportunity to combine academic studies with a rugby development programme at the college.
We want our comments to be a lively and valuable part of our community – a place where readers can debate and engage with the most important local issues. The ability to comment on our stories is a privilege, not a right, however, and that privilege may be withdrawn if it is abused or misused.
Please report any comments that break our rules.
This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s Editors’ Code of Practice. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here
© 2001-2023. This site is part of Newsquest’s audited local newspaper network. A Gannett Company. Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. HP10 9TY. Registered in England & Wales | 01676637 |
Data returned from the Piano ‘meterActive/meterExpired’ callback event.
As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles.
Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services.
These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community.
It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times.

source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *