Canterbury club rugby players will receive their Ara scholarship certificates this Wednesday 28 March.
The players, all from different Canterbury clubs, are studying certificates in trades, a diploma in engineering and a degree in quantity surveying thanks to an agreement between Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU) and Ara. A key part of the agreement are scholarships, up to a total value of $40,000, which are open to any player who is a registered member of an affiliated CRFU club.
The scholarships were created as part of a new three-year community partnership between the CRFU and Ara to engage young players in tertiary education, provide professional development opportunities to club rugby office staff and offer access to high performance training facility The Zone at Ara for the Canterbury U19, Women’s and Māori representative teams.
The players being awarded scholarships are Korbyn Gray from Saracens, Harrison Proctor from Ashley RFC, Richard Sooaemelelagi from Waihora RFC, Tafesilafa’I Lalaoilo from New Brighton RFC, Adam Bignell from Sydenham RFC and Ieuan McLeod from CRFU.
Find out more: CRFU scholarships at Ara