To give Castleford Academy a helping hand ahead of their all-important Champions Schools finals in Newcastle at the end of the week, the Tigers Foundation asked a couple of First Team stars to give the players some words of wisdom.
Cheyse Blair and Alex Mellor both stopped by to get involved in the Academy’s year seven and nine boys session recently as they enter their last few days of preparation.
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Castleford Academy also have girls’ teams from year eight and ten competing over the weekend at Kingston Park Stadium, with the year seven boys having the privilege of playing their final on the hallowed turf of St James’ Park as a curtain raiser for Magic Weekend.
The Academy’s year seven coach, Tom Sanigar, spoke of how proud he is of not just his team, but all of the sides who will be wearing the Castleford Academy badge with pride on the weekend.
“It’s been a massive achievement for all of the teams to reach the final. They have made everyone at the academy proud of them, including myself. We’ve been training from September up until now so all through the academic year.
“They have put a lot of work in because a lot of time goes into it with a lot of the sessions happening after school. We are really proud of them for getting this far. For the year seven lads seeing Cheyse and Alex come down to help with training is great and it gives the kids that belief which is fantastic.”
Castleford’s year nine team will come up against Hull’s Archbishop Academy who are a side they know well after facing off in the Yorkshire Cup final. Year nine player Jacob put forward what his team will be expecting from the opposition on Friday.
“We have all been working really hard together because we have been training every Monday. We’ve been working towards this since we were in year seven, so we all know how hard we have been working.
“We’ve not stopped talking about it really. It’s going to be a hard game because we are playing against Archbishop who we played in the Yorkshire final, and it was a tough game.”
In closing, Cas first teamer Blair declared that everyone at the Tigers wish the academy all the best as they aim to bring back some silverware to the town.
“We’ve come down and gave the boys a few drills to help them ahead of the final and we wish them all the best. It’s great to get involved and get stuck in because I think the kids like that sort of stuff as well. Some of them tried to run over me a couple of times but like I said, we all wish them all the very best for the weekend.”