The Cronulla Sharks have partnered with the NRL in launching the code’s Business Academy, which looks to provide university students with an invaluable learning experience during their study.

The Academy was established in 2015 to provide clubs with passionate and committed university students who can be a resource within their respective allotted clubs.

The Sharks have partnered with two students from the University of Western Sydney, in Brad Dwyer and Omar Elrayes. The pair joins full-time Sharks staffers for the current season, with a view to long-term employment upon graduation.

Cronulla Sharks Membership Manager Brad Pettitt says he is thrilled to welcome the boys to the team.

“The NRL business academy is a terrific initiative that provides clubs with additional resources that would otherwise sit outside of budget capacities,” he said.

“We look forward to having the boys on board, and their passion and enthusiasm is sure to help us achieve our goals for 2015 and beyond.”

Elrayes was buoyed by the opportunity in saying that the role is one that he would like to pursue in the future.

“It’s a huge opportunity, it’s exactly what I want to do when I finish up at university,” he said

“It’s only early but I’m enjoying my time here. It’s an excellent program.”

For more information on the NRL Business Academy, please visit www.nrl.com