Rugby League festivals taking place in schools across Cornwall

27th April 2017, 13:28


Rugby League festivals taking place in schools across Cornwall

Cornish Rebels and St Helens are at the forefront of developing Rugby League in the county...

On Friday, April 21, community coaches from Cornish Rebels provided support to The Roseland Academy cluster Primary Rugby League festival.

The festival was just one of many which are set to take place in the county over the coming weeks in the build up to the Your School Games finals day on June 30. 

This is the first time Rugby League has been part of the School Games in the County of Cornwall it marks a major step forward in the national development of the sport as the Rebels enter their fifth year as an established club. 

Roseland Academy Leader of Physical Education, Andy Ashwin, was delighted with the support provided and hailed the day as a huge success.

This is the first time Rugby League has been part of the School Games in Cornwall

Tregony take on Probus in the Roseland Cluster Primary RL festival


He said: "We were very lucky to have Rob, Callum and Josh from Cornish Rebels with us for the day to help make sure the day ran smoothly.

"In the morning, The Rebels led a session with 10 Year 10 BTEC leaders, teaching them skills and drills to deliver to the primary students and making sure they knew the rules ready for the tournament later.

"The leaders had a fantastic time and felt ready fo refereeing in the afternoon."

He added: "We had over 90 primary school students and, after the skills and drills session, they all took part in a touch Rugby League festival run by our year 10 leaders and supervised by the Rebels to ensure fair play.

"There was some fantastic play during the games and all of the primary schools mentioned how good it was to have the experienced rebels available to help. All in all a great day!"

Rebels Development Manager Rob Butland echoed the sentiments and is working closely with local School Games Organisers to provide as much support as possible as the county migrates to Primary Rugby League.

He commented: "It's a big change for the schools, but we have got to say that the look on the pupils' faces says it all - they are loving it.

"We have already delivered a number of CPD sessions with the support of our partners at St Helens and are in the midst of planning many more for the autumn and beyond to ensure that teachers are confident.

"It's a very simple game, and at the kids are taking to it like a duck to water and next year we will see the standard improve again as we up-skill the teachers and leaders in the autumn & winter. 

"We are supporting all three Qualifying events, starting next week in Penwith with Mid/East & Peninsula two weeks later.

"We intend to support schools and their events as much as we can moving forwards and would like to thank the School Games Organisers, the cluster leaders and the volunteers who are taking part in these festivals across Cornwall for their time and enthusiasm for the sport."

Rebels Community Coach Callum Abbott leads a Primary Rugby League session at the Roseland Academy

The Roseland Academy Year 10 Sports Leaders delivered the festival by overseeing skills, drills and officiating of the day.

The Camborne-based club also have continuing plans for secondary schools, also under their partnership with two-time world champions and Super League giants, St Helens RLFC.

Butland continued: "We are delighted to have the full support of the Foundation team at St Helens RLFC and the Rugby Football League as we support the County through the transition.

"The Saints Community coaches will be on the ground with us again this summer to deliver and bigger and better secondary school festival as part of our England Talent Pathway programme, and the Primary Your School Games Finals day itself, as we continue our thriving partnership."

In addition, the Rebels, who took on St Helens Reserves earlier this year, have announced their 2017 Open Age fixtures which include a series of development 9s events under the South West Rugby League banner, as well as some high profile friendlies against some stern opposition, most notably the game against Royal Navy RL on Armed Forces Day.

For more information on Rugby League in Cornwall or to get involved with the Rebels in 2017, email Rob Butland: