Over 150 Year 7 girls from the North East took part in Newcastle Thunders Community Foundation’s Sky Try festival at Kingston Park Stadium on Friday.
The event was a culmination of one of the five-week programmes run by the Thunder Foundation, with the teams all meeting at Newcastle Thunder’s ground for an inter-school tournament.
By the end of the school year, over 1,500 boys and girls from the North East will have played Rugby League under the Sky Try programme run by Thunder.
That is supplemented by another 900 girls from age 14 and above to have been reached by Newcastle Thunder’s own community scheme.
Thunder’s Community Rugby League coach Rob Jones said: “We’ve got our first batch of Year 7 girls from our Sky Try programme. From this programme, we’ve hit about 150 children, for this term only.
“In total since that start of the school year, we’ve just passed the 1,000 mark, with another batch the follow after Easter.
“I coach at my own club and have seen the benefits that the Sky Try programme for the Primary age groups has.
“So at my club, from the Primary Rugby League programme, we’ve created our own under-8s and under-9s teams and we’ve started to see the same thing at other clubs we’ve been involved with.”
Earlier in the week, Salford Red Devils’ foundation ran a Nines tournament for Year 10 at BTHCC College in Altrincham.
Tom Briscoe and Adam Cuthbertson supported Leeds Rhinos Foundations’ event, which invited team from Whinmoor Warriors, North Leeds Leopards and Drighlington.
Warrington Wolves took their Sky Try programme to Chester Gladiators, in their festival on Monday.
And Wigan Warriors’ Foundation was in the South West to support Devon Sharks by taking the Sky Try programme into Ilsham Academy.