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Issue:- 13 March 2014


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WIDNES Vikings are offering a unique opportunity for students to combine their passion for Rugby League whilst earning a BTEC National Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) in the outstanding facilities at the home of the Vikings.

In the second year since its inception the ground breaking initiative has already started to bear fruit for the club with the progression of Matt Whitley, Ryan Ince and Ted and Jay Chappelhow all progressing into the club's 1st Team environment whilst studying alongside their training obligations.

The course enables players to not only pursue academic qualifications but also train in a full time environment, a feature unique to the Widnes Vikings' Academy programme. The benefits of combining Rugby League development and education are many including:-

Increased training and contact time with players.

Faster progression in professional Rugby League.

Achievement of academic qualifications to gain entry onto University courses.

Development opportunities for later developing players.

Students will study in the first class facilities at The Select Security Stadium being taught by the highly qualified and experienced staff of the Widnes Vikings. Students will study a range of topics including:-  Sports Nutrition, Sports Coaching, Sports Psychology and Technical and Tactical skills for sport.

19 units will be studied over 2 years utilising a unique virtual learning environment and will equip students with the pre requisite UCAS points necessary to obtain a place to study at University and work towards careers including:-  Sports Coaching, Sport Development, Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Instruction Teaching.

The course is designed and aimed to address the needs of aspiring professional Rugby League players who want to pursue their ambition of playing professional Rugby League.

This is a fantastic opportunity for players of all abilities to be part of an exclusive Rugby and education environment and be part of developing the future of Widnes Vikings Rugby League club.

For further information about the course please contact Head of Youth Performance Phil Finney by email.

Physio Alistair Extends His Vikings Stay

WIDNES Vikings have made another important extension to its Sports Medicine Department as Alastair McFarland put pen to paper on a new deal.  McFarland, aged 24, has been working alongside Widnes Head of Sports Medicine Andrew McDonough since October 2013 and after this successful period looking after the Academy players, the former Glasgow Caledonian student has been rewarded with a new contract which means he'll be with the Vikings for a further 12 months.  "I have been delighted with the way Alastair has fitted in to our medical team in his five months with us so far... He has picked things up extremely well and is doing a great job of overseeing our Academy setup. He has also stepped up with the first team and is taking on greater responsibilities week by week. He has impressed not only myself but the rest of the staff and the players. I'm sure he will go on to prove himself as an excellent physio here at Widnes Vikings." said McDonough.

McFarland, who graduated with top honours in 2013, said:- "I've really enjoyed my time at the club so far, it's been really easy to fit in as we have a great bunch of people here. I'm looking forward to the next twelve months and the season ahead."

Last month the Vikings brought in Joe Booth as McDonough's Assistant Physiotherapist.

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