University of Plymouth and Plymouth Albion announce new partnership

This brand new city-wide initiative, Enterprise Through Sport, will see the University and our leading professional rugby club work together to promote and encourage participation in sport and physical activity in Plymouth.

In a true meeting of minds, the partnership formalises and extends an already strong relationship through which both Albion and the University will work together - and with local schools, sports teams and the wider community - to maximise sporting, educational and employability opportunities.

University of Plymouth Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mary Watkins, said: “This partnership demonstrates our shared commitment to creating social enterprise, health and education opportunities for our city.

"It’s an exciting new development which follows our investment in the Life Centre, support for Plymouth’s World Cup Host City bid consortium and commitment to Plymouth Better Together, further reflecting our dedication to working in partnership with the city to build a brighter future for our young people and the generations to come.”

The partnership will also enable university students to 'up' their skills - on and off the pitch - through access to professional level sports training and facilities, part-time employment, voluntary opportunities and work placements with the club. Those participating in rugby and other sports-related disciplines will be able to experience professional club coaching, and share their acquired practical expertise with the local community, through schemes such as volunteer coaching or cheerleading.

Graham Stirling, Chairman of Plymouth Albion, said: “Formalising this natural partnership between the University and Albion represents an exciting opportunity to leverage real economic and social benefits for Plymouth at grass roots level. It will support the development of rugby as a participative sport in Plymouth, particularly for the University’s students and staff, and through our shared engagement with local schools we will positively influence young people in the city.”


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