Rugby League administrator to carry Olympic Flame
Ron England has been involved in developing schools Rugby League since he started teaching in 1963 and has also been involved in the Carnegie Champion Schools tournament since its inception.
Ron England said: “This has been a strange but good year for me as I was awarded a place on the Rugby League Roll of Honour for services to the whole game. It’s a very proud moment for me and my family.
“I have been involved in Schools Rugby League since 1963, firstly in Essex when I was a PE teacher at Billericay school for 5 years.
“Then I moved back up north to Knottingley High School where I got involved with the prestigious Castleford schools and helped to run the Town teams for over 30 years. This was a great time as there were so much great talent in the school teams in the area.
“I have worked with Yorkshire schools RL and England schools RL since the early 70s and in 2002 I worked with the RFL to set up the Champion Schools tournament which has been a massive success for schools RL.
“I retired as a teacher in 1991 but have continued working in Schools Rugby League. I am currently working to set up a Yorkshire Schools Teachers Association to help schools in the county in their efforts to develop schools Rugby League.”
The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of people in the UK and will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas.
8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community, in the UK and worldwide.
The Olympic Torch route also passes by Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds on Sunday June 24 with the Rhinos at home that afternoon against Castleford Tigers.
To see the full Olympic Torch Relay map visit: www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay-map