Local school East Garforth Primary Academy have been getting involved in the Castleford Tigers Foundation’s rugby league sessions every Wednesday morning over the last term or so.
The classes are led by the Foundation’s specialist rugby coaches with the lessons focussing on the fundamental skills of the game as well promoting an active, healthy lifestyle and to grow their affinity for the sport.
Recently the pupils were visited by a couple of special guests in the form of Fords First Team stars Liam Watts and Derrell Olpherts. The players dropped by to help out with the rugby session and that was followed by a Q+A in which the children asked them all sorts of questions about their careers.
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The children loved the opportunity to chat to two of their idols, and when speaking about the session, East Garforth student Lewis explained why he enjoys them so much.
“We have been doing lots of drills and working on our passing with the professional rugby players who have come which is exciting.
“The drills are really fun, and we have been working on our catching because in the games if your team drops the ball the most you lose.”
The Tigers Foundation’s rugby league coaching staff ensure that the lessons aid the pupils’ progression in terms of their rugby ability but also make certain that they are entertaining so the children always have a smile on their face.
Fellow pupil James outlined that he has liked the classes due to the fantastic coaching he has had over the past few months, by saying:
“I enjoy the lessons and it was even better with the players coming in. The coach Aaron is a good coach and I like the games and drills that we do.
“We asked Liam and Derrell things like ‘How do you celebrate after a game?’ and ‘Do you get upset when you lose?’”
School visits from senior players are a crucial factor in inspiring youngsters to take up the game and Castleford forward Watts reinforced this viewpoint when reflecting on his morning at East Garforth Primary Academy.
“It’s nice to have interaction with the kids and it’s so beneficial to them to have the ball in their hands for them to see what rugby league is all about.
“The drills are a great way to get them moving and interacting with one another. Afterwards we spoke about how to be a team player and how important it is to help each other.”
If your school would be interested in getting involved with the Foundation’s rugby sessions, please email [email protected] for more information.