Castleford Tigers Foundation invited local Beaver, Cub, and Scout groups to a training session in order to introduce the children to the sport of rugby league.
The session was led by Tigers Foundation staff alongside coaches from community club Cutsyke Raiders, as well as a couple of special guests in First Team players George Lawler and Jack Sadler.
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It was an evening enjoyed by all with some of the youngsters trying out the sport for the very first time and the Foundation’s Head of Operations Mat Lancaster declared that working with other local organisations will only help expand the sport.
“The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts got in touch with us at the Foundation to get involved in some activity. Cutsyke is a community club that we work closely with, and I thought it was a great opportunity to bring them down. It gives Cutsyke a chance to show what they offer and get their coaches involved.
“For the kids that are playing it gives them a chance to play the game and maybe go on to joining their local community club. We have had over 60 kids down and the majority of them haven’t played before so to get a ball in their hands is great.
“To work with different groups in the area is a great way of getting more kids playing the game.”
Suzanne Wadey, who is Associate Leader of the Beavers group, outlined that the children couldn’t wait to get stuck in and put forward that the Tigers may have made some new supporters.
“Getting involved with different groups in the community is something we try to do so Castleford Tigers were an easy choice because I’m a season ticket holder. It’s great for the kids to see the players and train with them as well as having some fun. I managed to keep it quiet until the last minute, so they were so excited when I told them.
“The parents have come up to me and said how much they have enjoyed it. Some of the children haven’t been to see any games so I’m sure now a few of them will come down to watch at The Jungle.”
First Teamers Lawler and Sadler lent a helping hand during the evening and in closing, George reaffirmed just how vital sessions like the one he attended are in getting people playing the sport of rugby league.
“We’ve come down to help introduce the kids to the sport because some of them haven’t played before. It’s great to see how enthusiastic all of them were and if it leads to them joining their local club then that’s only going to help grow the game.”
If you would like your organization or group to get involved with the Tigers Foundation, please email [email protected].