Jason Robinson returns to Hunslet to open rugby academy

The Hunslet Club and Hunslet Parkside ARLFC are today launching their new rugby academy with former member and Rugby Union World Cup Winner and England Captain, Jason Robinson.

Jason Robinson & Dennis Robbins, Chief Executive Officer of The Hunslet Club

The Hunslet Club & Parkside Rugby Academy is a new partnership between two clubs with long and proud histories in the sport, working together with experienced coaches to deliver training sessions for children and young people from age three to 18.

Says Colin Cooper, Secretary of Hunslet Parkside:

“This partnership sets the foundations for rugby in Hunslet for the future. We want to ensure that young people have something positive to do which keeps them off the streets and away from crime.”

Dennis Robbins, Chief Executive Officer of the Hunslet Club, said:

“We are thrilled to be working together with Hunslet Parkside to deliver the very best rugby training for young people in an area with such a strong rugby heritage. Our hope is that together that we might find and nurture the next rugby star of tomorrow like our former member Jason Robinson.”

Centre: Colin Cooper, Secretary of Hunslet Parkside ARLFC & Dennis Robbins, CEO of the Hunslet Club

Jason grew up in South Leeds and attended the Hunslet Club as a child, first playing for the club junior rugby team before joining Hunslet Parkside ARLFC as a teenager and later becoming an English international rugby union and rugby league player, winning the World Cup in 2003 and captaining the national side in 2005. Playing at wing or fullback, he won fifty-one rugby union international test caps in total for England, and in rugby league he won twelve caps for Great Britain and seven for England.

In his autobiography, Robinson wrote:

“The club gave us an outlet for the energy kids have to burn. I don’t know what I would have done without it in the evenings and at weekends.”

Jason returned to the club for the first time since then in December 2011 to open new facilities and became Honorary Club Patron last month.