Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Hops for Academy; Garbutt Relishing the Task of Finding League Stars of Future

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Hops for Academy; Garbutt Relishing the Task of Finding League Stars of Future

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ASTLEY High School hopes to nuture and develop rugby league's stars of the future at its new Rugby Academy.

The Academy will be based in the school grounds - and overseeing it will be head coach lee Garbutt.

Garbutt has an outstanding record of success with teams in the North East, most recently guiding the school's year nine girls' team to the North East Regional Cup Finals at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow.

He has been involved in the sport since the age of six, when he started playing for Batley Boys (West Yorkshire).

Garbutt was signed by Batley Bulldogs at 15 and went on to play for the lower grades at Huddersfield Giants.

Since then he has spent the last few years working in the North East as a community rugby league coach.

The Academy is open to Astley students aged 16 and over.

It will not only consist of matches but will also develop skills and knowledge essential to the game.

Sessions will concentrate on pre-hab and rehab techniques, tactical and knowledge-based skill sets, beach training sessions and fitness and strength sessions.

Garbutt said: "I am looking forward to helping start and develop the Academy.

"There is a massive amount of talent within the school itself from which I hope to form the bulk of the squad.

"However, I also hope the academy gains such a reputation people want to join from outside of the school.

"I not only see the academy from the rugby point of view.

"I also want to help students who are willing to work hard achieve the goals in life and help them develop as people going into the next stage of their life."

Astley's assistant head Graham Scott said: "The development of rugby league at Astley over the last three years has been brilliant.

"The introduction of the new academy shows we really mean business.

"We aspire to be the best in the North of England in all age groups for boys and girls. …

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