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Hard work pays off for Academy players

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Hard work has paid off for members of the Leicester Tigers Academy who have become the first to graduate from the club's Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).

The AASE programme is designed to give Academy players a formal qualification in their pursuit of rugby excellence.

Joe Cobden, Jethro Rawling and Jimmy Stevens have become the first players to graduate from Tigers’ programme, which is run in partnership with the RFU and Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College.

Academy manager Neil McCarthy said: “We are proud that our AASE scheme has produced our first three graduates.

“The programme formalises the work we do in the Academy and recognises the skills, knowledge and understanding they are developing with us.

“It also gives the players an academically recognised qualification which can go towards university entrance if that's the way they want to go.”

The course has been designed to meet the particular needs of aspiring rugby players. Four of the eight units directly provide for the assessment of the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of the sport. The remaining four units address wider issues such as lifestyle, communication skills and career management.

It was delivered by Kev Mannion, the Academy strength and conditioning coach. He said: “The lads have worked extremely hard throughout and can be proud of their work.

“The programme has been highly successful and we now have another 26 players on the scheme this time.”

More information about Tigers Academy and the club’s AASE programme is available by clicking here