Former Wigan, Bradford, Crusaders and Great Britain Coach
"Rugby League in schools is vital for the future of the game in this country. School is where most children gain their first experience of playing sport and their future is often shaped here. All great players produced in this country since the inception of the game have played their rugby at school and that will continue in the future."
Leeds Rhinos Captain and England player:
"In 1992 I played at Wembley in the curtain raiser. We watched the Challenge Cup Final from close up and from that day on I wanted to be a Rugby League professional. Schoolboy Rugby League taught me a great deal and provided a perfect grounding for stepping up to the next level."
Former Wigan and Great Britain hero:
"Playing Rugby League in schools is important for so many reasons. You build friendships, improve your communication skills and most importantly develop discipline. You are learning to act as part of a team, which is an essential part of growing up and maturing for later life."
Former Wigan, Widnes and Great Britain star:
"I think the Champion Schools Tournament is a tremendous concept and, from what I saw last year, I would not be surprised to see many of the kids that play in the competition go on to play at the professional level."
Hull FC, England player and Engage Superleague Young Player of the Year 2008:
“Playing in the Carnegie Champion Schools Tournament gave me a great grounding in the sport."
“I represented Airedale High School in the competition for five years and we reached the national final on three occasions, winning it in 2005.
“It was fantastic to represent my school in the competition and play with my mates against other schools.”
"To play at Wembley is a lifelong ambition for many players with only a lucky few ever getting the chance to step on the hallowed turf. The fact that 11 year olds up and down and country can get to play at the world famous stadium by reaching the Year 7 final is fantastic."