Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new PANTHERS TALENT PATHWAY Programme. This new initiative will see the club building further foundations to establish a direct route for local players to develop and represent the first team in the future.

We will be running both Under 15s (School year 10) and Under 16s (School year 11) teams for community players that haven’t signed scholarship papers with other professional clubs, identifying potential and developing talent to progress through our system. With only 40 places available for each age group, this is an exclusive opportunity for young men to advance their rugby league skills, evolve and grow as both people and as players.

The first session takes place on Saturday 2nd March at Calderdale College, with the under 15s session taking place from 9am-10:30am followed by the under 16s session at 10:30am-12pm. This first event will be followed by a further three sessions on the following Saturdays with venues to be confirmed. These training sessions will culminate in games against Leeds Rhinos and Oldham RLFC on Wednesday 3rd April, with A and B teams for each side taking to the field, ensuring everybody that signs up will get an opportunity to showcase their skills.

The price for participation is £25 per person, which includes full training kit of shirt, shorts and socks, plus insurance. Just bring your boots and a change of clothes and everything else will be provided.

Our aim is to build relationships with community clubs in the area, aid in the development of players and coaches and offer the opportunity for local players to pull on the famous blue and white of Halifax Panthers.

The sessions will be lead by the Head of Talent Pathway Programme and current first team assistant coach Anthony Irvine, with experienced coaches and former Halifax players Paul White, Rikki Sheriffe, Jodi Sheriffe and Luke Simeunovich, who have all represented Halifax at many levels of the game and understand what it means to take to the field for their hometown club. In addition, there will be current Halifax Panthers first team players in attendance at each session.

There is also a pathway for local coaches to get involved and develop their skills within the programme. We want to expand and evolve the talent pool of our community game in this district, to help all participants progress and prosper.

Panthers CEO Damian Clayton commented: “We are thrilled to announce the launch of the ‘Panthers Talent Pathway,’ an initiative designed to nurture and elevate the talents of U15 and U16 boys in Calderdale. This program represents not just an investment in the future of young athletes, but a recommitment to our roots, working hand in hand with our Community Clubs. Together, we are creating an environment where potential meets professional guidance, where dreams of athletic excellence get a real fighting chance. It’s more than just training; it’s about igniting a passion for the sport and fostering a community spirit that celebrates collaboration. I’m genuinely excited for what this means for our community and the journey these young athletes are about to embark on. Let’s collaborate, elevate, and inspire as one.”

Take the first step on your career as a professional rugby league player and sign up today. Click here to secure your place on the Panthers Talent Pathway.

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