Students will reap rewards from new sport academies

Shrewsbury College will launch a Rugby and a Tennis Academy this September in a bid to encourage college-wide participation in sport.

The two new academies will be open to all students studying at the College and will run in association with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

“There is a growing bank of evidence to show the positive impact of sport and physical activity on academic achievement,” explained Sports Tutor at the College, Simon Edwards.

“The academies will provide students with the opportunity to learn a new sport and socialise with individuals from other subject areas. They will also gain a number of qualifications in their chosen sport, such as a UKCC Level 1 Coaching award.”

First year Engineering student Bradley Shay, 16, said: “Playing for the College rugby team has introduced me to people outside of my course and I’m really excited about being able to gain a coaching qualification next year. The academy will benefit me loads and help boost my CV.”

Qualified instructors from the RFU and LTA will be involved in student development at both academies, with coaching split between the College’s London Road facilities and courts at The Shrewsbury Club in Sundorne.

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