Thunder scholars receive national call up Academy July 20, 2017 Two aspiring rugby league players from the North East have been selected to attend the England Rugby League National Performance Training Day. Northumberland-based, Alex Donaghy and Nathan Clemmitt (both Cramlington Rockets) will be travelling down to York next month having impressed on the recent England Rugby League Talent Day. The invitation puts them amongst a group of the brightest u15s prospects in the country and both will be hoping to be selected for the forthcoming international fixture against Wales later in the summer. Both players have been a part of this years Under 16 Scholarship programme which has seen them competing up a year group against Super League opposition from Salford Red Devils, Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity. Thunder’s Academy Manager, Michael Heap was full of praise for both the players and staff involved in the Scholarship programme. He said “It is a very proud moment for not only Alex, Nathan and their respective families but also for all those who have been a part of their current development. “A lot of credit must go to both players as they have been extremely consistent this year in their approach, continually leading the way with their high standards and effort levels. “They both still have a large amount of work to do in order to reach their potential but this is a timely reward for both to see that they are capable of competing as equals within the wider rugby league environment. “I have no doubt that there are a large number of players within our pathway who are capable of the same. “A large amount of credit must also go to the volunteers involved in the development of both of these players from both Thunder and their community club Cramlington Rockets. ” There are a number of people who are investing time in to the development of junior rugby league players in the North East and this is just a small indication of the improvements which are being made throughout the region.” In total 4 Thunder Scholars attended the National Talent Day, the largest number since the Academy begun.