Methley Warriors U13s visit The Jungle

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On Sunday, Castleford Tigers Foundation and the Tigers’ Youth Staff invited Methley Warriors under 13s down to The Mend-A-Hose Jungle for a question-and-answer session and a presentation about the opportunities that are available at Scholarship or college level.

Cas’ Head of Youth Development Rob Nickolay lead the presentation about the club’s philosophy and what their future prospects would look like if they were to join the Tigers.

Watch the video below!

Callum McLelland and Jack Sadler, who both came through at Scholarship and Academy level at the Fords, also stopped by to give their advice on how the youngsters can achieve their goals in the future.

When asked about the Warriors’ visit to Wheldon Road, Nickolay explained that it provided him with the chance to outline his vision for the club’s youth programme to the young players.

“Methley have come down to do some flag bearing on the pitch before the game so we thought it would be an opportunity to speak to them and have a bit of a question and answer with some of our younger first team members.

“We want to present our vision of where we want to go with our youth programme and we wouldn’t have a youth programme without the community game ultimately. We wanted to celebrate the community game and sharing that vision of where we want to go moving forward.

“It also gives them a bit of an insight to what the future could hold for some of them if they progress to our scholarship.”

Having a relationship between the Tigers and our much-valued community clubs is invaluable for the growth of the sport and Castleford’s Head of Youth Development put forward that visits like the one on Sunday allows him to build on those relations.

“We want to be accessible all the time because it is really important for us to be seen and have the opportunity to share things with not just the players but the coaches as well. It then gives us an insight into their wants and needs.

“It’s great to start building those relationships with those players and become a familiar face.”

Castleford Tigers have a long tradition of developing players in their youth system with sixteen current First Team members coming through the ranks and in closing, Nickolay outlined that having McLelland and Sadler present on the day is crucial for the youngsters to gain advice from.

“Getting advice and an insight from Jack and Callum is massive for them because they don’t realise how short that step is and how quickly it will come. The time will fly by, and they could be in that position within the next four to five years.

“It’s great for the boys to pop in and give up some of their time to share their experiences with them.”

To book your community club in for a visit to The Jungle please click HERE, or to find out more about the exciting opportunities at the Tigers College click HERE.

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