Good news for Thunder Academy

Newcastle Thunder’s category two Academy has come in for praise from independent auditors as it has successfully retained its “Good” status.

Following an independent accreditation process which monitors the performance and progression of 13 junior development programmes, strengthened relations between the academy and the Newcastle Rugby Foundation and the standard of it’s features are highlighted in the report.

It is the sixth year that the Academy accreditation audit has taken place and the second that has seen Thunder as part of the system, with the process is focused on three key areas: quality of leadership and management; how well Academies meet the needs of players; and the delivery of the player development system.

The auditors reported – Newcastle have again achieved the status of a “good” Academy.  Newcastle have strengthened their working relationship with Newcastle Rugby Foundation, which has been embedded to further enhance its player pool.

There is an excellent link with Further & Higher Education establishments.  The Academy has a strong multi-disciplinary team that focuses on developing players holistically.  Whilst only holding category 2 status, there are many features of this Academy that could be considered to be at category 1 standard.

Speaking about the publication of the audit, RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer said: “All the clubs should be extremely proud of the significant improvements over the last 12 months.

“Standards across the Academy competition are always improving and this is down to the co-operation and commitment from all the teams during the accreditation process.”