Sky Try concludes with KP festival

Sky Try concludes with KP festival

20th July 2017

Newcastle Thunder’s Community Project brought another successful term of Sky Try delivery to a close last week, with a festival at Kingston Park Stadium.

Over 100 children from seven different schools took part in the festival which saw them divided into three groups and then play each of the other schools in a series of touch rugby games.

Entering its third year, Sky Try aims to make a difference by increasing the number of viewers, spectators and participants to Rugby League, with Thunder’s delivery reaching over 700 participants in 20 schools.

Working with local grassroots clubs the Community Project’s coaches identify schools and build a progression pathway between them, this term has seen five weeks of coaching delivered to pupils in years three and four.

This term’s deliver included Battle Hill, Hadrian Park, Waverley Primary, Whitehouse Primary, King Edward Primary, Ponteland First School and Stephenson Memorial, who attended the festival

Offering increased opportunities for secondary schools to play rugby league and workshops for teachers to develop the sustainability of the sport, it is a programme that is delivering on these targets, as Rob Jones explains:

“This terms festival has been brilliant and really competitive.  We’ve seen a definite increase in the standard of the players, particularly in the schools who are repeat participants.

“The kids taking part have really enjoyed and the number of them progressing into local clubs is really encouraging. At Gateshead Storm for example, they have been able to create a new under 12s team based solely on the transfer of kids taking part in Sky Try sessions, which is great to see.”

For more information on Sky Try or the Thunder Community Project, please contact Rhys Clarke via email   

Sky Try concludes with KP festival