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Source: NorthTec

NorthTec and the Northland Rugby Union have established a formal partnership to create educational opportunities for the local rugby community.

The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at NorthTec. It was signed by Jon Smith, Acting Chief Executive for NorthTec, and Cameron Bell, Chief Executive of the Northland Rugby Union.

The MoU is designed to ensure that both parties work together to empower young people in Northland – both male and female – to access support and education in the community. It will ensure that NorthTec has opportunities to promote the benefits of tertiary education across the rugby community, and help members of that community gain access to further education.

The Northland Rugby Union will also work with NorthTec to identify demand for educational programmes within the community, and promote access to education through the partnership.

Jon Smith said: ““We are very pleased to be the educational partner to the Northland Rugby Union. Working in partnership with our local team will help us to promote the importance of vocational training and education to a large group within our Te Tai Tokerau community. Rugby players are also seen as leaders, so their influence is significant.”

Cameron Bell said: “Partnering with NorthTec is a  great opportunity to promote both education and training, and performance sport. We’re happy to connect people involved in rugby to the professional game, and to educational pathways beyond rugby.”

Both parties will look for opportunities to endorse training and educational programmes and initiatives that have a positive impact on the community.