19th October 2016, 18:30 | sky_try
Former England international Shaun Briscoe has praised the impact of Sky Try after over 300 children turned out at a recent festival in Warrington.
The 33-year-old, capped 11 times by England, scoring four tries, retired in 2013 and became part of the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation in December 2014, taking on the role of Rugby League Manager.
Speaking at the Foundation's most recent event in Lymm, where 30 teams from 12 schools across the Warrington area attended, he said: "Everyone it the Warrington area is keen to see kids getting active and Sky Try is central to a lot of that.
"Weeks of hard work has been done by the Foundation to get the word out in primary schools, and events like this are really special for the kids.
"It's great to see them running around with smiles on their faces and keeping active while playing Rugby League."
Shaun Briscoe scored four tries in 11 games England
The 33-year-old made over 300 career appearances
Lymm RUFC offered use of their facilities free of charge and 300 children aged between seven and nine turned out for the afternoon.
"This is an opportunity for the kids who don't yet play for a community club to play outside of a school environment for the first time, which is an important step," Briscoe added.
"The ethos is just to get more kids active across Warrington, and if they happen to take up Rugby League outside of school, that's a huge bonus of course, but as long as they're running around, keeping active and having fun, that's all we want."
Briscoe retired in 2013 after a 12-year professional career
Last Wednesday's festival was attended by 300 7 to 9 year-olds
Last Wednesday's festival was just a small part of the work the Wolves Foundation, the 2015 Super League Foundation of the Year, do to improve Rugby League participation within schools.
"We've coached 900 kids so far this term and the aim is for them to all become engaged in Rugby League," the former Wigan, Widnes, Hull KR and Hull FC full back added.
"These kids are mostly new to Rugby League. Some of them can't catch or pass, but it's exciting to see their progress and see where they get up to in the space of five weeks.
"In five sessions, to see how their skills and their confidence comes on, is amazing to watch.
12 schools and 30 teams took part
Sky Try is helping create stars of the future
"It's just such a rewarding job," he added. "I don't miss playing really, I just really enjoy giving something back to the sport which gave me so much.
"I wish we had something like Sky Try when I was younger - I'm almost jealous of the opportunities they get!
"But I'm really pleased the next generation are getting some fantastic Rugby League experiences at such an early age, thanks to Sky Try."
Sky Try is the biggest-ever programme to provide Rugby League opportunities in primary and secondary schools and is aiming to get 700,000 more children and young people have fun, get active, grow in confidence and enjoy Rugby League.
The Sky Try campaign inspires children and young people through professional Rugby League clubs and major Rugby League events.
For more information, visit rugby-league.com/skytry