AASE Scholarship (Huddersfield Giants)

In partnership with Huddersfield Giants, Huddersfield ESEA deliver the Advance Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE), including BTEC Level 3 sport qualification, to the Giants Academy Scholars.

Not only do they receive top coaching which could set them on the right path to fulfilling their dream of becoming a Super League player, they also have the chance to work towards a qualification that could guarantee a successful future outside the game.

For the past two years, the Giants have arranged for their Academy players (aged 16-18 years) to study at Huddersfield ESEA in conjunction with Loughborough College.

And Giants Player Performance Manager Steve Hardisty is delighted the Super League club are in position to provide such a service to the country’s rising rugby league stars.

“There was a time not long ago when little consideration was given to what a player could do away from the game,” he said.

But that’s all changed.

These courses mean that when their careers are over they’ll have a qualification to fall back on and, hopefully, use that to their employment advantage.

“And, unfortunately, we know not all these lads will make it in the professional game. If that’s the case then, again, they’ll have something to fall back on.

In fact, a number of universities, such as Leeds Beckett, Liverpool John Moores and Loughborough look very favourably on the BTEC course, so there’s the potential for some of the lads to go on and have a university education if it looks like they’re not going to make it as a Super League player.”