Amongst the list of clubs included Bronte Barbarians, Kippax, Brotherton Bulldogs, Castleford Panthers, Lock Lane and Methley Warriors. Speaking about the evening, Education and Development Manager Rob Nickolay said: “From our point of view, it’s building those links with our local community and seeing how we can support them moving forward.
“It’s making sure that we get out there, that we are accessible and it’s finding out what we can do for the clubs. Getting a bit of feedback on what has been done previously, building on that and work out ways as to how we can support them and make Castleford as an area successful.”
Representatives from each community club expressed their passion and integrity to support Castleford as a district in developing a strong relationship with the Tigers. Rob was equally as focused on adding to the link between community clubs, and shared his views on the positives taken from the evening.
“We are just as passionate about the game and that’s why we thought it was so important to get like-minded people all in a room together. The feedback has been great and there are so many points that we can take on board to build on. I think tonight has just been invaluable to us.”
“Without the community clubs, we wouldn’t have a game; it’s as simple as that. We have got to make sure that we support them, to harvest and bring through the next set of superstars who are going to be part of the Super League’s First Teams.
“For us, the work that they do is huge, and we need to make sure that our support is provided in the right way and find as many avenues as possible.”
Amongst the community clubs and Rob, the forum evening also welcomed the Tigers’ First Team Head Coach Lee Radford and Danny Wilson the Club’s Head of Rugby and Development. Rob shared the importance of their involvement at the forum.
“Lee and Danny being present showed how invested as a Club we are to support local community clubs. Lee is massively passionate about the game and as Danny mentioned earlier, Lee was a community coach first before coaching in the Super League. It’s a big part of the process and they both want to support the game locally.
“We want to make sure that we leave a legacy of players coming through and celebrate the clubs that provide us with that.”
An evening that mapped out steps in the right direction for both Club and community but in closing, Rob clearly stated how integral making these meetings more regular were for all involved.
“We don’t want these forum meetings to be a one-off. We need to now put things into action, they need to be put out there and seen. To be able to do that, we want to measure that success over time, so we need to make sure that we all get back in a room and keep that continual feedback. We will learn from mistakes but also our successes too.”