Over 150 pupils have benefited from Hull FC’s partnership with Rise Academy, a pupil referral unit which focuses on reengaging with challenged and disadvantaged youngsters.…

The Black & Whites have been working in partnership with the Wincolmlee-based education centre for over four years, helping to reengage with, motivate and educate young people through different sports, with students able to achieve a Level 1 & Level 2 qualification in sport through NCFE (Northern Council for Further Education).

Working with youngsters between the ages of 13 and 16, tutors from Hull FC’s Sports College assist students in developing vocational skills, as well as delivering a number of activity-based exercises.

Rise Academy, based on Fountain Road, is a pupil referral unit, aspiring to be an inspirational centre of excellence, where even the most troubled young people can re-engage with learning, and develop the skills and attitudes to life that will enable them to fulfil their potential and contribute to society.

Hull FC Sports College Tutor Mike Swainger said: “The role is challenging at times but it is also extremely rewarding,” whilst fellow tutor Abby Omblertruran added: “We build a rapport with students, helping them develop new and existing skills, whilst engaging and educating them. A lot of these students choose to further their education with us at our Sports College.”

With a healthy balance of classroom-based and physical exercise activities, Hull FC’s four-year partnership with Rise Academy has proved to be pivotal for over 150 students.

“I really enjoy coming to Hull FC and doing a variety of sports that I wouldn’t usually do,” said one student.

Another youngster said: “I like coming to Hull FC because I’m always active and doing something as I work towards my qualifications.”

Head of School at Rise Academy Phil Wade said: “Rise Academy have teamed up with Hull FC to enhance our sport offer. With the expertise of the Hull FC coaching team and tutors our learners are able to access quality provision, up-to-date sporting resources and credible sport qualifications.”

“Incentive such as match tickets, meeting the players and match day responsibilities are linked to students continued attendance and effort – a great partnership.

Overseeing the partnership for four years, Head of Foundation James Price said: “The partnership with Rise Academy is part of the club’s wider strategy towards becoming a leading organisation for education within the city.”

“Whilst our foundation is renowned for its popular SkyTry and Partner Schools programmes, as well as the Hull FC Sports College, we are dedicated to connecting with as many people as possible within the wider community.”