Created: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:58
Halifax RLFC and the CCCT have secured funding for their second year of the RFL’s SkyTry project. The initiative involves coaching in various schools and community clubs across Calderdale, offering playing opportunities for participants.
The first block of coaching was delivered to over 150 local children who have never played any form of rugby league before, including primary schools - Warley Road and Parkinson Lane schools, who have had rugby league delivery for the first time in their schools. Plans are already in place to get even more kids moving, at All Saints, Ling Bob, Greetland, Rawson and Lee Mount during this school term.
Participants are then signposted to the best playing pathway for them, through our local community clubs. One of which; Siddal u12s, recently engaged in a SkyTry training session with the entire Halifax RLFC First Team.
Fans might have noticed a swarm of eager little athletes at the first home fixture v Featherstone. 36 U8s from Siddal and Featherstone Lions opened the day in a curtain raiser, enjoying the experience of playing here at the MBi Shay.
We have got highlights coming later in the year, including a festival planned for 6th April with 10 schools invited in this year 4 event. We are also planning an Emerging schools tournament to run again in May. Both years 7 and 8 competitions are also provisionally planned. So far, 5 schools for each year group are confirmed to compete. They are Lightcliffe, Park Lane, SBHS, Halifax Academy & Calder High. Coaching booked in at Park Lane, SBHS and Halifax Academy.
Created: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:55
Last Thursday, our community team of Chris O’Connor, Mitch Calahane, Adam Tangata, Ryan Boyle and Jacob Fairbank attended Greetland Allrounders “Sky Try” Skills camp, which was held at Brooksbank School.
38 kids attended and were taught different rugby league skills and small sided games.
Our head coach, Richard Marshall them came to offer his advice to the youngsters, who were from 5 years old up to Greetland’s u11’s, who alongside their head coach, Dan Drury, got a great deal out of the experience and were please to meet the players who they regularly see on the pitch here at the MBi Shay.
Drury said his team got inspired to have the team coached by the Halifax players and he also learnt different skills which he can take away from the session. Leo Kemp, who plays stand off for the under 11’s said the most enjoyable bit was playing bulldogs on their knees, and using the new tackle technique they had learnt from Mitch to great success.
3 of the participants were then interviewed by Fax TV on their experience of the day, which can be seen on the clubs social media.
One person from each of the 2 groups, Jacob Smith and Leo Kemp were awarded with a signed “Sky Try” ball by the 4 players and also each participant got a certificate and a free ticket to today’s game. The participants were also given photos of the 4 players which they got signed at the end of the camp. A warm welcome to all of them today.
Greetland Allrounders junior Chairman, Gavin Davies sent the following email to the Halifax RLFC on his clubs behalf:-
“Just a quick but sincere thank you to everyone from ‘Fax who made one in at the skill camp today. The kids had great fun and it was great for us as a club to have your support”