Truro and Penwith College has been selected as an official England Rugby Partner College, one of only eight in the UK to achieve the accolade.
The College’s success for developing players to light up Twickenham has been well documented with household names like Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade all graduating from its rugby academy.
A thrilled Martin Tucker, Principal at Truro and Penwith College. said: “This is a wonderful achievement and underpins the challenging work all those involved in our rugby academy and player development programme, along with our professional partners like the Exeter Chiefs, have accomplished for our learners. It also proves the College’s values align with those of the RFU in developing well rounded future players in both the men’s and women’s game.”
The College was approved for the partnership thanks largely to its success on and off the pitch, but importantly for respecting England Rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline, and sportsmanship. As a flagship partner College, Truro and Penwith will now help to develop the South West’s most promising players in line with these qualities and core values, preparing them to potentially represent their region and country.
Emily Lord, Truro and Penwith College’s Sports Academy Coordinator, added: “We are so proud and excited to see how it will enrich an already highly valuable program for both the male and female aspect of the game and our students’ future growth and development.”
Just like in the game, the success comes from teamwork and the College works in partnership with Premiership side the Exeter Chiefs. This offers a pathway to the very top level of the game, including RFU professional coaching and development through the Exeter Chiefs Academy, giving our learners all the help required to achieve their goal of becoming an elite athlete and one day, like those household names, ready to step out at Twickenham Stadium to the roar of the crowd.”
The England Rugby Partner College status is the latest in a series of boosts for students of the sport at Truro and Penwith, including a recent £500,000 investment in a state-of-the-art 4G rugby pitch and the strengthening of the Rugby Academy for both boys and girls as part of the College’s new Enrichment programme.