The Skills Network, the UK’s largest online learning provider, has joined forces with local rugby league club, Castleford Tigers and their foundation, to provide free online-learning courses to local residents.

As part of the partnership, local residents in and around the Castleford region, will have free access to nearly 50, nationally recognised Level 1 and 2 courses across of range of sectors and industries, with everything from an award in ‘Mental Health Awareness’ to a certificate in ‘Caring for the Elderly’ available to study.

The Skills Network, who already has partnerships with the likes of NHS and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, is offering the courses to assist adults with learning, skills access, and training opportunities. All courses are fully funded meaning there will be no cost to enrol or take up the course.

Rachel Kay, director of partnerships at The Skills Network said: “Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on local communities, and whilst Castleford Tigers are unable to play, we wanted to give the team, their staff and residents within the area, something to focus on. By providing access to a wide range of free courses, we hope to support local adults who wish to upskill and gain new qualifications, for free.

Mark Grattan, managing director of Castleford Tigers added: “we are delighted that our Foundation can now offer these free courses to Castleford Tigers’ fans, players, staff and sponsors, and also to their family and friends.

“On the back of the Foundation’s relationship with The Skills Network, we managed to offer a small number of courses to the club’s staff last year as a precursor: The people who took the courses gave some really positive feedback on how professional the systems and learning processes are and completed the courses without any issues.”

Any adult over 19 across the Five Towns Community can view and sign up for the courses. To browse the selection of courses available or to sign up, please visit: