City of Hull Academy
The City of Hull Academy has gone from strength to strength both on and off the pitch since plans were announced to combine the Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC academies from the 2016 season.
The new relationship saw both clubs set first team history and rivalry aside to bring their two existing youth development systems under one roof at Bishop Burton College, with the long-term aim of increasing both the quantity and quality of Hull-based players playing the game at the highest level.
A positive first season at under-19s and under-16s level saw two youthful squads predominantly made up of first-year players at each age group finish in a respectable mid table before both sides kicked on 12 months later. The 19s were particularly impressive in 2017 in reaching the semi-finals, but lost out narrowly to Castleford Tigers to deny them a first Grand Final appearance.
Led by captain Owen Harrison, the 19s will be looking to go one step further in 2018 whilst the scholarship squad will focus on development across their smaller fixture list.
The team behind the teams
Supported by a number of volunteers, the Academy has nine full-time members of staff:
Danny Wilson – Academy Director
Rob Nickolay – Assistant Academy Director
Jason Netherton – Under-19s Head Coach
Rob Wilson – Under-16s Head Coach and Under-19s Assistant Coach
Nathan Freer – Head of Strength and Conditioning
Sasch Brook – Player Welfare Manager
Matty Faulkner – Talent ID and Recruitment
Rowena Myrans – Head Physiotherapist
Ben Towse – Media Manager
Stadium: Bishop Burton College, York Road, Bishop Burton, HU7 8QG
Ticketing: Free entry for all 2018 members, non-members priced at £2 adults and £1 concessions.