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11th April 2018, 16:24 | Community

This week in Grassroots | 11 April 2018

This week in Grassroots | 11 April 2018

Masters 10-year celebrations

"If anyone over 35 misses their playing days, or regrets never having taken up the game as a young man, I'd definitely recommend giving Masters a go."

Masters Rugby League, one of the fastest-growing strands of the game, celebrates its 10th birthday on Saturday at Saddleworth Rangers (OL3 7LD).

A triple-header of action sees Cumbria take on Yorkshire at 1pm, Lancashire v 'Other Nationalities' at 2pm, with the RL Cares XII clashing with the GB Masters Lions, 3pm kick off, to round off the afternoon.

Admission is free!

If you'd like to give Masters Rugby League a try, email mastersrugbyleague@gmail.com for more information.

Women's Super League gets underway

After the weather delayed the start to the 2018 campaign, a full round of Super League fixtures are set to take place this weekend.

St Helens welcome York City Knights in a historic tie on Sunday, while Wigan play host to 2017 grand finalists Featherstone Rovers, and Bradford Bulls kick off their title defence at Odsal Stadium against old rivals Leeds Rhinos.

The Championship, Championship 1 and Women's Merit League also get underway on Sunday.

Click HERE for all of this weekend's games.

FIND YOUR LOCAL TEAM

The 2018 season is in full swing for most summer teams - and now is the perfect time to head along to training and start (or re-start!) your Rugby League journey.

To find your local club today, email players@rfl.co.uk and the RFL Development team will get to work on finding the perfect club for you.

Champion Schools Finals Day moves north

The 2018 Champion Schools Finals Day will take place at Victoria Park in Warrington, hosted in partnership with the Warrington Wolves Foundation.

Seven finals involving Years 7-10 Boys and Girls will take place in a packed day of action on Friday, July 6.

Full details can be found HERE.

Community game raffle

The 2018 Community Game raffle is now open. The raffle can help you generate 70p for every £1 ticket sold. with great prizes on offer, it's one of the easiest ways to raise funds!

Full details and prizes can be found here: rugbyleaguecares.org/raffle2018.

For other queries or funding assistance, contact russell.murphy@rfl.uk.com.

#FlairPlay

As the 2018 summer season rolls into action, the Dacia #FlairPlay Awards are back!

Your club could follow 2017 winners Cottingham Tigers, Crosfields, Siddal and Pilkington Recs to win a training session with Betfred Super League players and England RL coaching staff.

This season, judges Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Kevin Sinfield, Paul Sculthorpe and Kylie Leuluai are inviting players of all ages from across the country to show off their variation of a basic 'flick and kick.'

Find out how to enter the competition by clicking HERE.

Want to help develop the next generation of female talent?

The Rugby Football League currently has a number of volunteer opportunities to support the next generation of female talent.

Supporting talent across the North West, West Yorkshire and Central Yorkshire, three talent hubs are seeking support during June and July.

Full details and how to apply can be found HERE.

NEED A FIXTURE?

Join the Rugby Football League-endorsed Rugby League Conference Facebook group today.

Click HERE or search 'Rugby League Conference' on Facebook, request to join and start networking with clubs.

The group is open to all UK-based Men's teams.

Play Touch Rugby League - around West Yorkshire!

New summer sessions are on the horizon in Castleford, Leeds and Wakefield.

Check out the PlayTouchRL session finder for full details:

 Play Touch Rugby League session finder 

FREE MARKETING AND PLAYER RECRUITMENT ASSETS

A reminder that ALL grassroots clubs can access a range of support from the Rugby Football League including free marketing and promotion assets and materials to help with player recruitment in schools and the local community.

Marketing and design support has already been provided to a number of clubs.

To access this support, please contact Tom Brindle E: tom.brindle@rfl.co.uk.