Secondary School Competitions

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The RFL have introduced two new opportunities to their secondary schools competition structure allowing schools to set up and coordinate their own local school competitions in either a festival format or league structure.

Local Emerging Festivals and Local Schools Leagues formats will provide secondary school boys and girls with the opportunity to take part in local Rugby League activity as an introduction to the game or for regular participation within a suitable flexible format.

The aim of the new formats are to increase local opportunities for schools to play Rugby League, either for the first time or to assist in providing more opportunities for their students to play.

The guidelines produced break down the competitions into bite sized sections to provide the teacher with us much detail as possible.

The National Champion Schools competition will remain as the competitive offer and the focus of the competition structure and runs separate to these two competitions options.

Local Emerging Festivals

This festival format will allow new schools to experience the game in a less competitive environment.

Games in this format are shorter, played on a smaller field and with reduced numbers.

This allows more involvement for students and will give them more opportunity to experience the game.

The flexibility of the format also allows it to be a one-off or series of festivals involving three or more schools and can be used as a stepping stone into the local Champion Schools competition or a Schools League structure.

Local Schools Leagues

Designed for schools that are looking for regular and competitive activity in a more structured format.

Schools Leagues are for schools that want regular fixtures over an extended period of time which can be run anytime throughout the school year.

The keeping of results and a league table ensures that there is a competitive component between schools involved.

Schools that have played in leagues in the past have seen considerable improvement in their teams and players due to regular exposure.

There is a resource pack that accompanies each of these new competitions which includes the following information:

  • Specific Competition Guidelines
  • Game Brief
  • Rules
  • Competition Templates

These competition formats have been designed to allow a designated teacher to coordinate and shape their own league or festival into their local surrounding.

This Lead Coordinator will receive guidance and support from their regional RFL Education Officer

The Lead Coordinator’s school will also receive a bag of equipment to help them run their specific local competition and be included in the National Teachers Network database.

To register your interest in becoming a Lead Coordinator and becoming involved in one of these new competition opportunities please fill in the “Expression of Interest” form from the appendix documents and email it to your regional Education Officer.

RFL Contacts

RFL Education Officer - Midlands & Yorkshire

M 0759 5520185

RFL Education Officer - North East & North West

M 0773 8131790

RFL Education Officer - South East & South West

M 0789 1311010