Plymouth Marjon University has agreed a new partnership with Plymouth Albion RFC. The partnership will focus on coaching and recruitment.
Plymouth Albion RFC will provide the Marjon men’s and women’s rugby teams with coaches and a bespoke training programme, and the Club will also be supporting players from its under-18’s team to play and study at the University.
The directors from Plymouth Albion and Plymouth Marjon University recently met at a committee meeting where they discussed their new partnership with the team captains.
Laurence Gully, Director of Sport and Physical Activity at Marjon, said:
“We are pleased to be officially partnering with Plymouth Albion RFC. The partnership will bring incredible opportunities for our students to work closely with a professional team. We hope to not only improve the quality of our rugby but also enable students from sports therapists to those studying business management to gain experience to support their future careers.”
Max Venables, Managing Director of Plymouth Albion RFC, added:
“We are excited to take this partnership to the next level, building it over the next few years to make sure that we have the best opportunities for the students at Marjon to play the highest level of rugby possible, and to boost the status of university rugby in Plymouth.”
Plymouth Albion RFC is a community-based rugby union founded in 1876. The club is based at the Brickfields Stadium in Devonport and is currently ranked 8th on the National League One tier.
Plymouth Marjon University aims to develop its rugby club within the region and within British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). BUCS is a national governing body for higher education responsible for organising sports and competitions across 52 sports and 165 institutions.
Plymouth Marjon University rugby team captains pose with Albion MD Max Venables and Head of Community, Dan Pullinger