TAFE Western Sydney has teamed up with the Polecats Rugby League Club for their 2016 season, adopting the new name TAFE Western Sydney Polecats.
Historically based in the Hills, the Polecats will now be representing the hopes and dreams of more than 111,000 TAFE students from Baulkham Hills to the Blue Mountains on the Rugby League field thanks to the new partnership with award-winning vocational education and training provider TAFE Western Sydney.
Formed in 1971, the TAFE Western Sydney Polecats have been the NSW Tertiary Students Rugby League’s most successful club, appearing in over 50 Grand Finals and securing 28 premierships across three grades, including last year’s First Division Premiership, and producing hundreds of players who have gone on to represent relevant Country, NSW and Australian Tertiary sides.
The Polecats’ long history in Western Sydney, as well as the thousands of players who have represented the club over the years who have gone to one of the many colleges that make up TAFE Western Sydney, were one of the key reasons this new partnership made strategic sense to both organisations.
Commenting on the new partnership, TAFE Western Sydney Polecats President, Robert Weisback, could not hold back his delight at having the chance to work with TAFE Western Sydney over the coming seasons.
“It’s a really exciting time for the Polecats to have formed an association with such an impressive and well respected vocational training provider as TAFE Western Sydney.”
“As a former TAFE Western Sydney student myself, I know firsthand the great education they provided myself and many other Polecat members, players and supporters.”
“With the Polecats club now to grow to represent almost half of Sydney or beyond it is just fantastic news for the club and for all players and fans.”
“We look forward to working with TAFE Western Sydney in the long term and to both organisations growing”.
Spokesperson for TAFE Western Sydney Craig McCallum said, “we are pleased to support the TAFE Western Sydney Polecats. TAFE Western Sydney has long been a supporter of local community and helping individuals to achieve their goals. We see a strong connection between physical and social activity, study and work and career outcomes. We are looking forward to a strong season ahead.” Mr McCallum said.
TAFE Western Sydney is part of TAFE NSW and includes campuses in Western Sydney the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains. In addition to these locally-based colleges, TAFE Western Sydney includes OTEN – the Open Training and Education Network which has more than 110,000 students in NSW and beyond.
The TAFE Western Sydney Polecats will be the first official TAFE club entered into the NSW Tertiary Students Rugby League competition. Pre-season training for the club continues this Thursday January at Kellyville Park starting at 7:00 pm. We encourage all new TAFE Western Sydney students to come down and have a run. For more information, head to www.polecats.com.au or to find out more about TAFE Western Sydney head to wsi.tafensw.edu.au