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25th May 2019, 11:58 | sky_try

500,000! A Magic Milestone for Sky Try

500,000! A Magic Milestone for Sky Try

This weekend’s Sky Try Rugby League festival in Liverpool brings the number of children and young people engaged through the programme to over half a million.

The Dacia Magic Weekend celebrations include a friendly and informal Sky Try festival run by St Helens Community Foundation. School children will enjoy a special opportunity to play rugby league right next to Anfield before joining family and friends in the stadium to watch their heroes.  

Sky Try is the biggest ever programme of rugby league activity for school children and a partnership between the Rugby Football League, Sky and Rugby League Foundations.

21 Foundations have been involved in delivering activities in primary and secondary schools as well as unique events at big games and events.

Marc Lovering, RFL Participation and Development Director, said: “Over the five years of the Sky Try Campaign to date, the sport has enjoyed memorable moments including a visit to a Sky Try festival by Prince Harry, festivals at Summer Bash, Magic Weekend and England Internationals as well as hundreds of local festivals for children of all abilities.

"Last year saw the successful introduction of a Sky Try 9s Festival for secondary schools. All of this is made possible by the commitment and passion of the teams at the Rugby League Foundations, and the financial support of Sky – thank you to all involved in introducing children to the sport and supporting them on and off the pitch.

"The Sky Try Campaign is on track to engage 700,000 young people by the end of the seven- year programme. Many of these school children are our future club players, coaches, officials and fans. We look forward to another record season for Sky Try.”