Thunder Community Project set for new term

Thunder Community Project set for new term

6th September 2017

The new school term may be just a day old, but the Newcastle Thunder Community Project are already geared up for another term of rugby league delivery across the region.

Working to engage youngsters across the North East with the game, the 2017/18 Autumn term will see the Project’s coaches out in 10 schools across Gateshead, Newcastle, North and South Tyneside.

Following a year of success in developing girls’ rugby, the focus is fixed on boys this time around, with the Project putting resource into delivering the RFL’s flagship programme to boys in years 7 & 9.

A five week programme that will culminate with a festival at Thunder’s Kingston Park Stadium, the coaches will be welcoming two new schools into the fold, with Thomas Hepburn Community Academy in Gateshead and Longbenton Community College in North Tyneside taking part for the first time.

Looking ahead to the new term, senior Thunder community development officer Rhys Clarke said: “After last year’s work to grow girls’ rugby league we’re returning to a focus on the boys game and looking forward to getting into the schools.

“We’re delivering the programme in two age groups and with the Year 9 work, we’ll be reconnecting with a large group of students who we worked with two years ago when they were in Year 7 and it will be good to see how they’ve developed.

“Eight of the schools we are in this term have worked with us before, so that allows us to build on the work done with them in the past and  then it’s good to be seeing new students from Thomas Hepburn and Longbenton.”

Sky Try is all about helping more children enjoy Rugby League nationwide. It’s a ground breaking new partnership initiative between the RFL, Sky and the Rugby League Foundations.

It is the biggest ever programme of Rugby League opportunities in primary and secondary schools and is helping 700,000 more children and young people have fun, get active, grow in confidence and enjoy Rugby League.

Under the programme, the delivery being undertaken by the Project’s coaches is aimed at increasing local opportunities for secondary school boys to play Rugby League, either for the first time or to assist in providing more regular opportunities.

Thunder Community Project set for new term