VLUK student, Dom Dyson, who studies and plays with Castleford Tigers has been offered a professional contract with the Super League club. Castleford Tigers started its collaboration with VLUK running the Category 3 Development Programme nearly a year ago and already it has produced an amazing success story in the shape of Dom Dyson.
The VLUK and Castleford Tiger’s programme helps young players who want to study and continue to practise their trade on the rugby pitch as well as providing a way for players who haven’t been signed by the academy as was the case with Dom due to injuries.
Danny Evans, who is the head coach of the scholarship side, said “Dom enrolled onto the Cat 3 programme. He’s accessed our facilities, worked on his skills, strength and conditioning. He’s now back playing and we were delighted to offer him a professional contract. The aim of the programme going forward is to give opportunities to people not already in the system. Dom’s a real life example.”
The course has been particularly advantageous for Dom and he has already played in three games this season for the U19s. Talking about the course Dom said “It’s basically a BTEC course which you do two days a week and three if you’re behind. We do it up at Airedale Academy with the 6th Form. We spend six hours two days a week there and then two days a week we have training sessions. You’re still learning BTEC sport as part of this initative, I really like it. Other people prefer apprenticeships and maths but I like the human body and I enjoy the training sessions.”
Good luck in your future with the Castleford Tigers Dom!