He’s a master on the pitch and now Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield has officially become a master off the pitch.
The former England captain swapped his Leeds Rhinos kit for a cap and gown at Leeds Beckett University this afternoon.
The sportsman, who is the highest points-scorer in the club’s history and the top points-scorer of the Super League era, scored a Masters degree in Sport Business.
Sinfield has spent the last three years juggling his commitments on and off the pitch to complete the degree.
The Rhinos captain led his club to six Super League titles, one Challenge Cup victory and three World Club Challenge crowns.
And the former England captain, who was awarded an MBE in 2014, is no stranger to the university.
He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
Also celebrating was graduate Emily Scarratt who was part of England’s winning team in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The international women’s rugby player netted an honorary doctorate of Sport Science.
The chief executive of Center Parcs, Martin Dalby, was presented with an honorary doctorate in Business Administration at a ceremony today.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, was presented with an honorary doctorate in Business Administration.
He has been instrumental in creating a world-leading tourism marketing service the region and bought the Tour de France to the county last summer.
Sir Gary was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year.