Junior Talent on Display
The Dewsbury Rams Community Rugby League team have been out and about carrying out a six week coaching project at 5 local primary schools in the area.
The aim of the programme was to introduce the FUNdamental skills required to participate within tag rugby league to children in year 5 and 6, while at the same time introduce rugby league to children who may have never played it before.
At the end of the six week coaching block, inter-school tag festivals were held at Shaw Cross Sharks and Thornhill Trojans involving 140 children from Bywell, Chickenley, Hanging Heaton, Thornhill and Overthorpe primary schools. It is hoped that some of the children will want to continue playing rugby league and will join their local community club to help continue to grow the game in the area, and who knows, theymay even be playing at the Tetley's Stadium in a few years time!
Dewsbury Rams Community Coach James Stephenson said: "Over the last six weeks it has been great to see so many children involved. It is quite surprising how many of them didn't realise that there were local clubs where they could play rugby league. Hopefully our work with them has encouraged them to take up the sport and the links are now in place between the community clubs and schools."