Wigan Warriors rugby star Liam Farrell graduates from UCLan

Posted on - 18th July, 2022 - 12:55pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Preston News, Sport, UCLan, University campus
Liam Farrell. Picture: UCLan

Rugby star Liam Farrell has graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) after five years of study.


32-year-old Liam studied for a degree in Strength and Conditioning alongside his career playing rugby for Wigan Warriors and England Rugby League.

He is one of a number of Wigan Warrior players studying at UCLan while playing for the team.

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Several Wigan staff and players have studied on UCLan degree courses over the last 14 years and visited the University for pre-season fitness tests.

UCLan also delivers video analysis support for Wigan and in return, the Club offers work placement opportunities for students.

Liam said: “Studying and training involved a lot of juggling but it’s also kept me busy and given me another focus alongside rugby, so it’s been great.

“I’ve enjoyed applying what I’ve learned to my training and understanding how to do the right things at the right time. The Club is really keen to support players post-rugby and I know I want to stay within the sport after my playing career. If I can work in the performance side of things that would be ideal.

“I’m proud to have my degree and to have studied at UCLan. The relationship Wigan has with UCLan works both ways and it’s a fantastic partnership.”

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Dr Adrian Ibbetson, Director of Sport at UCLan, said: “We are delighted to see Liam complete his studies at UCLan. He is a very talented rugby league player who now has another string to his bow that will be an asset to his career further down the line. The University is proud of its long-standing relationship with Wigan Warriors and it’s fantastic to see this partnership continue to flourish.” 

UCLan is also a host training camp for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, which will take place this year after being rearranged because of the pandemic.

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