Kai Tyson, City of Hull Academy

HBTC is sponsoring Kai Tyson in his rugby scholarship training at the City of Hull Academy. Chris Dolman and Maggie Wingfield met with Danny Wilson, the Academy Director, today and were shown around the facilities at Bishop Burton College.  They met with other members of the team and with some of the players.

The City of Hull Academy is the professional Rugby League development Academy of both Hull FC & Hull Kingston Rovers.  


HBTC's Strategic Development Manager, Chris Dolman (Left), Kai Tyson (Center) and HBTC's Director of Learning, Maggie Wingfield (Right)

Here is an exert from the City of Hull website:

The City of Hull Academy are delighted to announce that eleven players have signed to its under-19s setup for the 2019 season.

After impressing in their two years on the scholarship programme whilst continuing to play at community club level as well, the eleven players have put pen to paper on deals and will commence their first season of full-time training later on in 2018.

The new intake will face some initial testing as early as next week, before returning to training when they link-up with the rest of the City of Hull Academy 19s on their return to pre-season training following the end of the 2018 campaign.

City of Hull Academy Director Danny Wilson added: “We’re very exited to get started with this new intake. We’ve recruited heavily this year in terms of numbers going into the 19s. One of the main reasons for that is they’re a very good age group.

Coming through the community game, they’ve been coached very well. Some good clubs have looked after them and we’ve had hold of them for two years within the scholarship programme so we’ve managed to play our little part in there as well.

One of the advantages we have now is that we can bring them in very early. We’re going to start bringing some of the boys in as early as next week and get them to up to a point before they go away for a break and come back later on for the start of pre-season with the rest of the squad in October.

We’ll really look at their fundamental movements. We want to get them physically at the right stage where they can compete with other under 19s.

We’re very excited about this group. They have not just a natural playing ability right across the board, but the attitude of these players is excellent. It’s certainly something that both Hull KR and Hull FC can look to build on in terms of their cultures. They would fit their cultures very well and certainly the Academy will look to build our culture around this group of players.”

FULL LIST OF NEW UNDER 19s (Name, Community Club):

Morgan Cutsforth (Hull Dockers)

James Driver (Skirlaugh)

Jude Ferreira (West Hull)

Josh Gray (Skirlaugh)

Jamie Hoggarth (Hull Dockers)

Matthew Smith (Hull Dockers)

Will Tate (Skirlaugh)

Kai Tyson (Skirlaugh)

Will Wallis (West Hull)

Tom Whur (Hull Dockers)

Charlie Cavanaugh (Skirlaugh)

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