Local school Castleford Academy have accomplished the remarkable achievement of having four teams representing them in the Champion Schools National Finals coming up in Newcastle on the 8th and 9th of July!
The Champion Schools tournament is the world’s biggest rugby league knockout competition where schools from across the country compete in matches involving various age groups, vying to reach the finals at the end of the school year.
Castleford Academy have representatives in the boys’ year 7 and 9 finals and girls’ year 8 and 10 finals, with the year 7 boys having the honor of taking part in the curtain-raiser for Saturday’s Magic Weekend matches at St. James’ Park.
Castleford Tigers wanted to congratulate them on such a fantastic accomplishment, so the club invited them down for a lap of honor ahead of the Fords’ recent victory over Catalans Dragons.
The Fords faithful gave them a warm round of applause as they made their way around the field at The Jungle, and their coach Danny Holmes outlined just how proud he is of all the teams for making it this far.
“The year 8 girls have been working hard since they were in year 7. Their effort commitment and enthusiasm has paid off this year going unbeaten in all competitions leading up to the final. It was clear to me the girls wanted to play in big games and be part of occasions when the Champion Schools started again this year. I also had the privilege of taking on the year 10 girls this year, after a few tough years on struggling for a team it’s great to see the girls have pulled together and have given the Champion Schools a real good go and I am really proud of them all for what they have achieved this year.
“The year 9 boys were devastated in year 7 not making the national competition. From then on, it’s been the team’s main goal to try and reach the national finals. It’s a small close nit group and I can’t fault the boys this year for their commitment and effort. The year 7s this year have worked so hard, and you could see that when they were down 12-16 for the first time in the competition. The team really dug deep and found a way to win with a superb last-minute try.”
Everyone at the Castleford Tigers wishes Castleford Academy all the best for their finals and we hope you bring back some silverware to Cas from the northeast!