21st November 2016, 15:15 | sky_try

Sky Try success at Anfield

Sky Try success at Anfield

"The enthusiasm by everyone involved has been fantastic and I'm sure that the kids involved have all taken away lasting memories."

Over 120 children from Liverpool and surrounding areas enjoyed a morning of Rugby League ahead of the Ladbrokes Four Nations Final at Anfield between Australia and New Zealand.

As part of the RFL's Sky Try initiative, several schools and community clubs were involved.

Helped by both Saints Community (St Helens) and The Vikings Sports Foundation (Widnes Vikings), the festival took place at Stanley Park, in the shadows of Anfield, before all those taking part paraded around the pitch ahead of kick off.

Liam Clark, Education Officer at Widnes Vikings, commented: "To see so many children enjoying themselves and playing rugby was brilliant.

"I would like to thank our Vikings Sport Foundation staff for coming along and putting in a lot of hard work throughout the day.

"Also I would like to thank Tracy Power from the RFL, and those from Liverpool Council and Stanley Park, who made sure the event was run as smoothly as possible."

Community coaches from the Saints Community Development Foundation have been spreading the game across the city of Liverpool and surrounding areas in the run up to the Four Nations Final at the home of Liverpool FC.

120 children turned out for the event

Youngsters from Liverpool, St Helens and Widnes were in attendance

Some of Saints Community Development Foundation coaches, academy players and young first team players have been delivering Primary Rugby League sessions to prepare all of the youngsters for a festival which was held in Stanley Park on the morning of the Australia v New Zealand match.

Saints Community coach Gareth Friar said: "It has been very enjoyable, visiting new schools in different areas to introduce young and impressionable children to our great game.

"The enthusiasm by everyone involved has been fantastic and I'm sure that the kids involved have all taken away lasting memories.

"They have been introduced to the game, learned the basics, participated in a small festival and then sampled the match day experience at the biggest international match of the year, all on their own doorstep.

He added: "The whole day has been a great success and this has been down to the hard work and co-operation of a lot of individuals. Massive thanks must go to Tracy Power from the RFL, Rachel O'Byrne from Stanley Park, John Farrell from Liverpool council and Liverpool Lions chairman Nick Moon."