Clarke backs Primary RL initiative
Phil Clarke was on hand to help launch the West Cumbria Primary Rugby League initiative.
The Sky Sports pundit was in attendance at Lakes College, Workington, and has shown his support of the scheme by accepting a role as ambassador.
“It’s great to see that a focus is being placed on the young children who play our great game,” said Clarke.
“I think the format that Cumbria has adopted is the right way forward and seems an obvious way to develop better skills.”
The season – which is set to kick-off on Saturday April 13 – will see teams at the under-7; under-8 and under-9 age groups take part in 11 festivals throughout the summer months.
A new playing format has been introduced that will see a change from 9 a-side to 4 a-side (under-7), 5 a-side (under-8) and 6 a-side (under-9), with the changes leading to every child having an increased involvement during games.
Martyn Rothwell, Primary Rugby League Manager, is confident the changes will prove to be a success.
“The priority has to be to offer all children a fun and enjoyable experience of our sport, and the new format goes a long way to achieving this goal.”
His thoughts were echoed by Alan Davidson, Cumbria Rugby League Manager.
“We are already seeing the benefits of the new format with the introduction of new primary aged teams from Clifton and Disington.”
For more information on the Primary Rugby League initiative contact Martyn Rothwell on 07795 840088 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org