Adam spoke to castlefordtigersfoundation.com about his journey from being part of the club’s scholarship team and studying at the college, to going on to make his first senior appearance for the club.
The young stand-off began by explaining how he got involved with the Tigers College and spoke positively about how the course worked alongside his playing commitments.
“I went to a few of the workshops down at the club when I was playing for the scholarship team as I was about to move up to the academy.
“There is a link with the college and being able to train alongside it because if I needed to come into training, which was on a Monday and Tuesday night, I was able to fit it around the course because my timetable took my training into account.
“It fitted in with my training really easily, so I was able to focus on my work and rugby.”
Juggling playing rugby and college work is always difficult to balance, however, Adam put forward that this was made a lot easier with the help of the tutors who were always there to assist him.
“I started training with the first team when I was at the college so even if I had to do half a day in college, they gave me time to have training in the afternoon.
“They allowed us to catch up on work at home, so I didn’t fall behind and we always knew what we had to do at home because the tutors were always in contact with us.
“The link between the club and the college really works.”
Adam and his fellow college students Jack Sadler and MacKenzie Scurr first got involved with the Tigers’ first team setup during pre-season ahead of the 2021 campaign.
Since then, the 18-year-old has had an impact on the coaching staff and is now training with the squad on a regular basis.
Rusling stated that mixing with the first team stars was daunting at the beginning, although he feels like he has now settled in fully.
“I’ve progressed from being at the college, then playing at the academy, to training with the first team and then making my Super League debut.
“Being around the first team is a surreal feeling because I only used to do a field session with them and then go back to college. Now after being with the team during pre-season to now, I’ve become good mates with them, and it has been really good.”
The Castleford Tigers College offers various courses which cater for all needs, not only for students who want to pursue a professional rugby career.
Adam acknowledged this by declaring that the college has had a massive impact on him as a human being and put forward that he would encourage others to join the college if they are unsure what to do for their 16+ education.
“Getting a good education is important and my time at the college has brought me on as a person. Being amongst different people and with lads my age in a competitive rugby environment has really helped me grow as a person.
“It’s a really good college and course. The tutor was really helpful and was always there to let us know what to do for the two years that I was there.
“Me making my debut shows that the pathway is there, and it is proven because there are a couple of us who have made our first appearances from being at the college.”
As part of the College programme there remain opportunities for students to get involved with a wide range of roles in and around the College’s first team environments: For more information on this check out our College prospectus here!
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