Alfie Hawkhead has been named the captain of Castleford Tigers Scholarship for the 2022 season!
The 16-year-old joined Castleford’s youth system from community club Oulton Raiders, but he also played at Farnley Falcons too ahead of becoming one of our developing Tigers.
A back-rower, Hawkhead is in his second year with the Fords and has been named by his coaches as the Scholarship captain after impressing in the opening matches of the 2022 season, particularly for his strong voice within the team.
Speaking about the news Alfie said: “It was a massive surprise I didn’t know it was coming, didn’t know it was happening and I’m very happy and honoured to be a captain at this club!”
“Cas is such a big club, and I knew it would not be easy to get in here but I think I’ve done quite well so far and want to keep developing. I’m just really enjoying my time here.”
The Scholarship is all about developing Under 16’s players and consists of players taking part in a two-year programme. It’s been tough with the difficulties of Covid initially restricting training, but Hawkhead was thankful he got a chance to play in his first year with the Scholars last season.
“I think I managed to get two games in with the Under 16’s last year, it was tough at that moment, but I could not wait to get on with the next season and we’re really back into it now.
“The whole programme is brilliant, I’ve found the coaches are very good and give us good feedback, good criticism in a good way. I’ve enjoyed it all.
“The first few games this year have been good, we slipped a little in the third one but the intensity in our sessions is brilliant and we’re all getting on with it, with more games to look forward to.”
As captain Alife knows just how important it is to set standards and be a good example amongst his young teammates.
“Being at training early, make sure meals are posted in and do everything on time and right, just to set a good example for the rest of the lads. I hope I’ll do that well and we all have a good rest of the season.”