Tigers partner with Leeds Beckett University

Posted: Thursday 11th October 2018 - 4:00 PM

The partnership will see the university provide off field support concentrating on mental skills and nutrition to the club’s junior players within the Castleford Tigers Academy set up.

Speaking today, Castleford Tigers Head of Youth Performance, Darren Higgins, said: “We are particularly proud to have formed a partnership with such a well-established and renowned university. The partnership will see both our Scholarship and Academy players access specialist support in the areas of diet and nutrition and mental skills both in the  forms of group education workshops but more importantly on a one to one basis.”

Darren added: “As an Academy we aspire to provide as much individual support to our players as we possibly can and this partnership goes a long way to providing our aspiring players with vital off the field support to help them develop.”

Louise Sutton, Registered Sport & Exercise Nutritionist and Head of Sport & Exercise Nutrition in the Carnegie School of Sport said: “The Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University has a long history of working in partnership with employers.  We recognise the value external organisations provide in supporting the development of our students, who are the future talent of tomorrow’s workforce. We are excited to develop this mutually beneficial partnership with Castleford Tigers where our post graduate students will gain real ‘hands on’ experience in a performance sport environment whilst being supported by our professionally registered or accredited academic staff. Employers contributing to our curriculum in this way enhance the employability of our students by providing a platform to apply their knowledge and gain valuable practical skills.

Andrew Manley, Registered Sport & Exercise Psychologist and Head of Sport & Exercise Psychology in the Carnegie School of Sport said: "Under the guidance of experienced and registered practitioner psychologists, our postgraduate students will have a unique opportunity to help players and coaches develop a range of mental skills for use both on and off the playing field. The support provided will be tailored to the specific performance and lifestyle needs of the people within the club, which will be identified through a series of meetings and group workshops over the coming weeks.”

Andrew added: “We are incredibly excited and proud to support the players and staff of Castleford Tigers, whilst simultaneously offering our students a truly immersive and world-leading educational experience."

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