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21st August 2019

Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull College are pleased to announce a bespoke educational partnership for 2020 onwards which will also see the stadium renamed as Hull College Craven Park.

Hull College Group provides a wide range of vocational courses for students aged 14-upwards in further education, higher education and adult education, and is committed to providing its 26,000 students with the very best education.

An unrivalled academic pathway is now complete for the city of Hull and East Yorkshire, with the college now playing a key role. Hull College Group places itself at the heart of the community, serving it and providing skilled people for jobs in the region.

Hull KR CEO Mike Smith commented: “The partnership that we have with Hull College completes a unique educational and vocational pathway for the club.

“Education and personal development is a major focal point for the club. 2020 represents the start of a revolution at Hull Kingston Rovers and we believe that Hull College will play an integral role, in collaboration with our existing educational partners in bringing that vision to life.

“Restoring our own Academy’s identity is something we’re proud of. What’s important to us is attracting the best local talent driven by a desire to play for Hull Kingston Rovers at the top level. Our promise to them and their families is that if they don’t make it, we will give them a great education and develop their life skills to equip them in the workplace and beyond.

“We want to offer players optional career pathways in education or apprenticeships, and Hull College will be a strong partner for the club in supporting these opportunities.

“Whilst all professional players at our club strive to have a long and distinguished career in rugby league, the importance of creating long-term career opportunities within sport or further afield is very important to our holistic development within our whole club culture.

“I’m delighted to say that the newly-rebranded Hull College Craven Park will be central to delivering that vision. We are all looking forward to working with Hull College across the next three years, with further link-ups to follow in the near future.”

Michelle Swithenbank, chief executive officer and principal of Hull College Group said: “I’m delighted that Hull College Group is partnering with Hull Kingston Rovers to provide players with the best education and opportunity to embark on complimentary career options in multiple sectors.

“The partnership will also provide unique opportunities for the students and benefit the local community, supporting our vision to inspire and educate the entire city to create a skilled workforce for Hull.”

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