Balance your sports education with an elite rugby programme led by Castleford Tigers with UC Leeds Rugby League Academy.

Are you an aspiring Rugby League player looking for a career in sport? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. Embark on your sports education journey, studying our PE and Sports Coaching degree programme, whilst receiving high quality coaching from Castleford Tigers to support your rugby development.
What’s involved?

The rugby programme will be led by Castleford Tigers' first team, elite development coaches and support staff, all qualified to RFL Levels 3 above. The programme will form an integral part of the club's centre of excellence and long term player development pathway, supporting each individual on their journey to achieving their full potential.

The programme will run alongside the British University Sports (BUCS) season and will consist of three training sessions per week held at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle stadium, one game day and 12 hours of education set over three days (at both UC Leeds main campus and Mend-a-Hose teaching facilities).

As part of the education and coaching programme you will receive a strength and conditioning programme, video analysis of competition performances each week, a full kit bundle and medical cover.

Job Opportunities

These include:

  • Primary education teaching assistant
  • Secondary education teaching assistant
  • Self-employed Schools Sports coach
  • Sport coach for a professional team or organisation

This programme will coincide with the ‘Tigers Reserve Team’ programme allowing for student pathway cross over and offer endless progression routes and development opportunities for all.

What you’ll study

Through the PE and Sports Coaching foundation degree you will develop your interpersonal, academic and employability skills as well as the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to become a successful sports coach or PE teacher.

Find out more about the PE and Sports Coaching foundation degree here.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying to the Castleford Tigers Academy, begin your application by contacting our academy of sport at


Why choose University Centre Leeds?

At UC Leeds, we offer a range of employer-led qualifications that include work experience. Our campus is situated close to Leeds city centre, so you’ll study in the heart of a buzzing metropolis. Study with us and develop real skills for the real world, plus:

  • Be part of a friendly, diverse and inclusive community.
  • Enjoy regular help and 1:1 support to help you reach your full potential.
  • Have access to staff when you need them with our open door policy.
  • Get a free Chromebook or equivalent course-specific device at the start of your studies