The Falcons Community Foundation and Tyne Met College have joined forces to set up a new two-year course, starting in the 2017-18 school year.
Based at Kingston Park Stadium and aimed at students aged 16 and above, the scheme combines a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in rugby excellence with practical rugby sessions and fixtures against other North East Colleges.
Students will also have the opportunity to achieve coaching and refereeing qualifications alongside volunteering with the Falcons Community Foundation.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above are required for entry onto the course, including maths and English, or merit in a sport qualification at level 2 along with C grades in GCSE maths and English. An interview with a course tutor is required and you need to be successful at Tyne Met's rugby excellence programme trials.
As well as rugby training, the course includes video analysis, media training, sports psychology and principles of coaching, among other things.
If you are student, parent or club coach who would like to register your interest in the open programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .