Trinity Accredited Outstanding for England Talent Pathway Programme

28th April, 2017

Trinity accredited “outstanding” Player Development Partner by England Rugby League


We are delighted to announce that our England Talent Pathway programme has for the second year been graded as ‘Outstanding’ following our recent review with the RFL.


The England Talent Pathway programme specifically targets the development of Key stage 3 (YR 7/8/9) pupils within secondary schools and u12/13/14 players within community rugby league clubs.


There is also a comprehensive CPD programme for both secondary school teachers & community club coaches. Furthermore we offer a 14+ programme that aims to provide opportunity & sustained support to youth players with a view to joining our Category 3 academy at Wakefield College.

In 2016 the Wakefield Trinity Community Department received a special commendation award from RL Cares for achieving an outstanding programme and in December 2016 they were voted as national delivery partner of the year.


Trinity’s Community Manager & ETP Lead commented: “Since been charged with this great programme for the last 15 months I have dedicated my time to ensure that all individuals that participate whether that be players on development days and skills camps or teachers or coaches on one of our CPD workshops, leave knowing that that they have had a positive learning experience.


“I am extremely proud of our award winning programme and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the support from our great community clubs, secondary schools and the Wakefield Trinity performance department”.


James Added: “We have come such a long way in a short space of time and have so much more to offer to enable to help all players reach their full potential of becoming future Wakefield Trinity players and ultimately England players, I really looking forward to the next few years developing this programme even further in partnership with the RFL development team”.


The RFL’s National Player Development Manager Tony Fretwell said: “Wakefield Trinity had a superb year with ETP in 2016 and it is enormously pleasing to see that their work is being enhanced even further this year. James Stephenson is leading an outstanding programme, providing open access opportunities to young players in the city to develop the talent pool, linking this to his secondary schools programme and exploring opportunities with Talent Transfer. All supported with CPD for Coaches and Teachers”


Player Performance Manager for Wakefield Trinity Mark Applegarth also commented “The link between community and performance is as strong as it has ever been; Stevo has lead this programme exceptionally well giving players and coaches the opportunity to upskill within a professional environment by maintaining a fun but focussed plan. We have seen some brilliant young players and look forward to help them develop over the course of the next few years”


For more information about the England Talent Pathway please follow this link