Centre of Excellence

About Hull FC Centre of Excellence

Hull FC Sports College was set up in 2010 to engage post-16 learners in Hull and the surrounding areas in education through the catalyst of sport. Expanding at an impressive rate, adding to our ranks with a team of fully qualified teachers and an impressive academy coaching team all based at Hull FC’s Bonus Youth Performance Centre.

Our unique curriculum has been designed to give learners the opportunity to develop their employment pathways within the sporting field. Students have the chance to develop their skills and knowledge through a curriculum built up of both vocational and academic qualifications. Additional training and qualifications are provided to accelerate the personal development of our students.

We have an underlying curriculum designed to increase confidence and aspirations in those we teach, with a culture of ‘growing our own’ which now sees 5 graduates now employed by the Foundation in full-time positions. Our pathways mean our students are able to study right up to degree level.

As a community focused college, we feel we approach education and learning differently to others. We are an ethical provider, putting our learners at the forefront of all we do with a genuine affirmation for their wellbeing and maturation. Our focus as a College is to provide positive experiences for our learners and to provide the best education, we are able to give.

Why study at Hull FC Centre of Excellence?


With the appropriate GCSE Grades, you can choose between our Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Sport. You can study all aspects of the game including Sports Coaching, Gym Instructing, Performance, Officiating, Sports Injuries and Event Management, leading into careers as a PE Teacher, Sports Coach, Strength & Conditioner, Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist, Sports Development Manager etc.


On all courses you will gain work experience with one of the most successful sports clubs in the world which is a fantastic addition to your CV. Depending on your chosen qualification you will gain work experience in Coaching, Instructing, Officiating, Sports Science, Video Analysis, Sport Development plus many more career pathways.


Take part in regular training sessions to develop your fitness and technical ability. You will be supported by some key staff from the Hull FC Centre of Excellence. Don’t worry if you are not a Rugby League Player – the training will support your physical fitness and is transferable to a wide range of other sports.


You will get the opportunity to play for Hull FC Development Academy in the Elite Category 3 Colleges League with specialist training and support from performance coaching staff. Our College Rugby Academy provides a perfect platform for unsigned players to showcase their talents with the aim of progressing onto the elite U19’s academy set up.

What can you study?

We offer a number of courses that can help get you on your way to a career in sport. The routes will depend on your predicted or current GCSE grades. Please use our guide below to help understand which level you need to apply for.

Coaching Team

Danny Wilson

Danny is a Level 4 licensed coach and has been a coach educator for a number of years. Danny has developed coaches within Hull for both the amateur and professional game. Danny brings a wealth of experience from his roles with England Youth, Hull FC Academy and formerly City of Hull Academy. Danny has a passion for coaching and developing players which are both very evident from his recent involvement within the college.

Ryan Langton

Ryan has worked within the education department of Hull FC Foundation for 6 years. Making his way through every role within the department before more recently heading up the program. Ryan was a Hull FC Academy and England youth representative before suffering an injury which put his aspirations of professional sport to the back of his priorities. Since then Ryan has progressed through an academic pathway where he has graduated both as a sports scientist and a teacher. Post academic success Ryan returned his focus to his goal of playing professional sport and has joined the Coventry Bears for the 2020 season.

Rob Wilson

Rob is a Level 3 licensed coach and has been a coach within the amateur and professional game for a long time. Rob took over the college team in September 2019 and since then the team has gone from strength to strength. Rob has a keen eye for talent and for the progression of the college students which has been evident this year with 4 of the college students already reaping the rewards of this program with an academy debut.

Matty Faulkner

Matty is a graduate of the University of Hull graduating with a BSC Honours degree in Sports Coaching and Performance as well as being a Level 2 certified RFL coach. Matty is now working with England Women as their Performance Analyst alongside his role with Hull FC as the Player Performance Manager. Matty’s passion for Rugby League is clear with his constant commitment to recruitment and youth development; Matty has a keen eye for sporting talent leading on the talent transfer program through support of local schools.

Kieran Smith

Kieran is a Level 2 licensed coach and has a BA Honours degree in Sports, Health and Exercise Science. Kieran joined our program from Student Rugby League as a long serving member of the England Students pathway. Kieran has a great understanding of both Rugby League and educational progression pathways. Kieran is currently a part of the league 1 side Coventry Bears. Kieran is the lead tutor on our Higher National Diploma.

Additional Benefits

Learners at the Hull FC Sports College will also have the opportunity to take part in the following…

  • Hull FC Education Academy – Up to 10 hours training sessions per week plus fixtures.
  • Match day ball boy duties.
  • 10 volunteer/work experience hours.
  • Enrichment activities (Multi-sports inc; cricket, golf, ultimate frisbee, gym instruction, rugby, football etc.)
  • Media training (e.g match day analysis, video and photography)
  • English & Math’s study and GCSE re-sits (if applicable).
  • Additional Qualifications – Referee’s Course, Level 1 RFL Qualification.
  • All students will receive Hull FC match day tickets.
  • Free student hooded top.
  • Free transport.
  • Government Bursary.
  • Specialist extra-curricular rugby training Player visits / training sessions.
  • Reduced training kit package.

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