FEATHERSTONE ROVERS FOUNDATION have engaged over 1500 children in rugby league during their third year as a Sky Try Programme delivery partner.
Sky Try is a groundbreaking partnership initiative between the RFL, Sky and rugby league foundations, to help more children enjoy rugby league nationwide.
Sky Try is the biggest ever programme of rugby league opportunities and is helping 700,000 more children and young people have fun, get active, grow in confidence and enjoy the sport.
Each year the Foundation are set targets to achieve in different focus areas across Primary RL, Secondary RL, Coaches CPD (continuing professional development) and making Big Games Bigger.
Sky Try Primary RL is delivered to Years 1-4 in Featherstone and surrounding areas over a 6 week coaching block which is free of charge for schools to access and has engaged 1250 children since September 2018.
The coaching block is delivered through Animalates, which are interactive physical literacy sessions that feature a video with stars from the game introducing the different skills to the children, accompanied by some furry mascot friends. The sessions are followed by a playing opportunity of a Sky Try Festival and children are signposted to local community clubs or the Junior Rovers satellite club.
Sky Try Secondary RL is delivered to Year 7s and 8s at the two schools in Featherstone, Featherstone Academy and St Wilfrid’s, over a half term. Each Year group receives a coaching block from the Foundation’s experienced and qualified coaches, with 350 students attending sessions in the last block.
Teacher CPD is delivered to all primary and secondary schools that have taken part, so they can continue the sessions after the programme is completed.
Coaches CPD is delivered at community clubs to help and guide them through their coaching at all levels. It is important that all coaches keep developing their skills to help the children improve.
Big Games Bigger is delivered to help Featherstone Rovers increase attendances at four identified home fixtures throughout the season, and resulted in a 16% increase in the game against Halifax on 24th February. The Foundation ran a pre-match rugby league festival for players from local clubs to come and enjoy the experience of playing at the historic Stadium.
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