The RFL has achieved a 'highly commended' rating in the Outstanding National Governing Body of the Year Award, presented by the Youth Sport Trust, as part of the recent School Games Organiser Summit in Telford.
The recognition is a result of the successful delivery of a Supply and Demand project undertaken in 2016 by the RFL and Youth Sport Trust.
The success from this project has seen the inclusion of an exciting Rugby League 9-a-side Level 2 offer at Key Stage 3 level, for boys included in the 2016-2017 School Games competition structure.
The offer will not only allow Rugby League Foundations to engage more closely with the School Games Organiser network through their work within the Sky Try programme, but also allow any SGO or secondary school in the country an opportunity to be involved in Rugby League.
The 2016 School Games pilot reached 591 new players from Year 7 and Year 8 age groups, with 32 schools introduced to Rugby League for the first time.
School Games 9s was rolled out across the country in 2016 591 young people were introduced to Rugby League for the first time thanks to School Games 9s
School Games 9s was rolled out across the country in 2016
591 young people were introduced to Rugby League for the first time thanks to School Games 9s
Reflecting on the summit itself, Steve Guan, RFL Education Officer, said: "It was a great day with a good chance to liaise with key partners in the sector and gain some valuable insight into school sport and, more specifically, insight into the school games programme and how it is delivered nationally and at different levels."
Nick Gillard, SGO in Torbay, commented: "Rugby League 9s has made a real impact on young people in Torbay.
"Through regular competition, young people have picked up skills and knowledge around the sport of Rugby League.
"Thanks to the work done by the RFL, young people have picked up communication and social skills through regular skill-based festivals with competition being the highlight of the event.
"We have now embedded Rugby League as one of our focus school games sports for the academic year."
Anyone interested in finding out more about School Games 9s can get in contact directly with Stephen Guan at firstname.lastname@example.org.