Wildcats partner with Oxford
20th November 2012
Wakefield Wildcats have forged a partnership with Championship One new boys Oxford Rugby League Club.
Oxford are one of the three new clubs confirmed to be entering the Championship One competition following the restructuring for 2013 and will benefit from close ties with one of Super League’s most progressive clubs as they look to develop the game in Oxfordshire.
A strong and experienced board includes the likes of former St. Helens CEO Tony Colquitt, former Bradford Bulls and Hull FC three-quarter Tevita Vaikona and Professor Simon Lee, ex-Vice Chancellor of Leeds Carnegie and a Oxford university graduate.
As well as the focus on player development pathways, Oxford will also be looking to utilise key partnerships with both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University to find the future rugby league administrators
Colquitt stated that the partnership with the Wildcats is another boost moving forward to the beginning of the new season where they will play out of the iconic Iffley Road Rugby Ground.
“It makes a lot of sense for us to partner up with the Wildcats,” he said. “They are a club making great strides and it’s a big positive for us to have them working closely with us.
“There are lots of opportunities for us to make a real success of rugby league not just in Oxford itself, but across the county of Oxfordshire.
“I think there’s a fantastic opportunity to link up with the educational establishments in Oxford with current students and alumni for the future generations of rugby league players and administrators, and that will very much be an area that we’re focussing on.”
Wildcats Chief Executive, James Elston, is pleased to form links with a club outside of the rugby league heartlands.
“We’re delighted to go into partnership with Oxford and are sure it’ll be a successful link-up for both clubs.
“As a club they have some very experienced people working there who have the expertise to make a great success of rugby league in Oxfordshire and we’re happy to be able to add our support to that.”