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Major Partnership for Education & Rugby League in Manchester


News Release

March 25, 2011


Students in Manchester are set to benefit over the next few years thanks to an innovative partnership between four major partners in the city.


The Manchester College, The Rugby Football League (RFL), Manchester City Council and Mancunians RL have agreed a joint approach to provide new rugby league opportunities for the Manchester community.


The relationship will see a full time rugby league community coach employed by The Manchester College to increase rugby league participation in Manchester and The Manchester College develop a rugby league academy in partnership with Mancunians RL. 


The coach will deliver rugby league activity in schools, colleges, universities and community organisations in Manchester and deliver Mancunians RL’s community development strategy as the city begins to prepare for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and as Mancunians RL prepare to apply for admission into the Co-operative Championships in 2015.


The four partners are also working closely to offer volunteer opportunities for The Manchester College’s students across 15 centres and to offer initiatives including touch rugby & rugby league leaders awards.


Barry Atkins Curriculum Lead Manager of The Manchester College said: “The Manchester College is one of Europe’s largest and most successful colleges and we are looking forward to be able to offer rugby league across the 15 centres in the city of Manchester.


“We already offer football, basketball and cricket academies and rugby league with its very similar demographic to The Manchester College, was a natural addition to our offer. I look forward to seeing our learners, both male and female, embracing what is an exciting and dynamic sport.” He added.


Stefan Hopewell, Chairman of Mancunians RL said: “It’s a reflection of the hard work that the staff and volunteers have put in at Mancunians that we are able to announce this exciting partnership.


“For Mancunians RL, which is yet to celebrate its second birthday, to be able to enter into a partnership with institutions such as The Manchester College, Manchester City Council and the Rugby Football League simply underscores the potential for both Mancunians RL and rugby league in Manchester.” He said.


“We’re determined to build a club which reflects the size and stature of the UK’s second city and everyone at Mancunians RL is looking forward to a fruitful relationship with our new partners”. He added.


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Mancunians RL is a progressive rugby league club based in South Manchester. The club plays in the North West Premier League of the Co-operative Rugby League Conference. The club is less than two years old and is currently in the process of preparing an expression of interest to join the Co-operative Championships in 2015.

The club runs two men’s teams and will be forming women’s and children’s teams in 2011.


The Manchester College is one of the largest and most successful colleges in Europe with 15 centres across Manchester. The Manchester College was formed in 2008 after a merger between City College Manchester and the Manchester College of Arts & Technology. The Manchester College currently offers football, basketball & cricket academies to its students.


The Rugby Football League is the governing body for Rugby League in the UK. The RFL administers the England national rugby league team, the Challenge Cup, Super League and the Championships, which form the professional and semi-professional structure game structure in the UK.




Stefan Hopewell

Chairman – Mancunians RL

07977 48 62 36





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