The pair sat down to talk to castlefordtigersfoundation.com about how the college has provided them with the skills and experience which has developed them for their future endeavours.
First up was Charlie who is going on to study at Leeds Beckett University in September, and began by explaining how the college gave him the tools to achieve his goal of going to university.
“The college helped me because in first year we did a good mixture of practical and theory but obviously due to Covid it went onto an online platform, but it was still really good.
“I’m going on to study sports business management at Leeds Beckett University so the course that I studied at college will stand me in good stead for what is to come next year.”
Applications are still being taken at the Tigers College for students who would like to be involved from September, and Harris stated that his journey of getting to university illustrates that there is a route to further education.
“I would recommend the college for the rugby side and the educational side as well.
“If you don’t actually want to go into rugby league, there is a pathway to get into university and further studies.”
Jacob studied on the same course as Charlie and was rewarded for his efforts at college by receiving three distinctions.
He put forward that one of the biggest positives from studying at the college was the balance between training and classes, although he spoke just as positively about how it provided him with a chance to meet new people.
“Obviously the college helped a lot with the training side of things as we were able to go to college through the day and then train in the evening, which was great.
“We were able to balance that really easily and it worked really smoothly.
“It also helped me as a person by me going and meeting new people who I probably wouldn’t have normally met. I mixed with people who are a bit different to me and I thought that was a really good experience.”
Jacob’s next step is a different one to Charlie’s, as he is going onto complete an apprenticeship, however, he points out that he wouldn’t have been able to take up the opportunity if it wasn’t for the skills he picked up at college.
“The college obviously helped me to get those grades which were important in me attaining an apprenticeship to go and do joinery at a firm over in Pudsey.
“Without those grades and without the support of the college, I probably would not have been able to go on and do that, so it has been a really good stepping stone for me.”
The Castleford Tigers College provides a fantastic range of over 50 courses that span across a multitude of subjects and Jacob finished off by outlining that it provides a great place to gain those life skills for the future.
“It is probably a bit of a misconception that people have that it is just all rugby league but it’s not, there are several different courses that you can do.
“It is more about getting the qualifications and getting good life skills to go on and be able to speak to people and deal with things properly.
“All of those things are great for that next step as you can see with some students going on to university from it.”
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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