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This Week in Grassroots | 22 May 2018

This Week in Grassroots | 22 May 2018

'Magic' opportunities at Magic Weekend 

Hundreds of young Rugby League players stepped out at St James' Park this weekend as part of the Dacia Magic Weekend.

Thanks to Sky Try, youngsters from all over the country got the chance to be flag bearers, player mascots and showcased their skills in half-time games.

Try Tag Rugby was also showcased at half time of the Hull Derby on Sunday with Manchester and Yorkshire drawing 2-all, while Percy Park Pirates and Yorkshire Thorns went head-to-head on Saturday - the Pirates winning 1-0 in a Play Touch Rugby League exhibition match.

12s-18s Review - give us your feedback

Make sure to have your say by Wednesday, May 30 in the u12s-18s review.

Players, coaches, volunteers and more - if you have thoughts on Rugby League at these age groups, now is the time to let us know.

Email or visit to give us your feedback.

Women's Super League at the Summer Bash

It's a Super League Grand Final rematch this weekend as Bradford Bulls take on Featherstone Rovers at Bloomfield Road.

Kicking off at 12.30pm on Saturday, a host of England stars are set to get head-to-head in a fierce West Yorkshire derby.

Arrive early on Saturday to catch the action!

England Universities beat New Zealand

England Universities stormed to a 42-4 win over New Zealand Students on Saturday.

The game was played as a curtain raiser to Featherstone Rovers' clash with Leigh Centurions at the LD Nutrition Stadium and the home side were in control from the off.

They led 18-0 at half time and pulled clear in the second period. Full report.

UCRL Awards

Huge congratulations to all of the UCRL Award winners for the 2017/18 academic year.

All the winners were presented with their awards at St James' Park ahead of Sunday's Magic Weekend action.

University of the Year went to Northumbria University, while College of the Year was Wakefield College.

Coventry Bears and Newcastle University star Jason Bass received the prestigious Cec Thompson University Player of the Year Award, as Stephen Gibbs of Wakefield College and Halifax RLFC Reserves was named College Player of the Year.

And the University of Brighton's Dom Smith was awarded the Andrew Cudbertson Spirit of University and College Rugby League Award.

Blackpool Stanley seek new Head Coach

North West Men's League outfit Blackpool Stanley are on the lookout for a new Head Coach.

To find out more or apply, click HERE.

Champion Schools round-up

The 2018 Champion Schools finalists have been confirmed.

Following months of action, Girls Festivals and Boys semi-finals took place during May to decide who will be fighting it out for national glory.

#ChampSchools Finals line-up (Victoria Park, Warrington. July 6):

  • Year 7 Girls: Corpus Christi v Wade Deacon
  • Year 8 Girls: West Lakes v Castleford Academy
  • Year 8 Boys: Castleford Academy v Corpus Christi
  • Year 9 Girls: St John Fisher - Dewsbury v St Peter's - Manchester
  • Year 9 Boys: Brooksbank v St Peter's Orrell
  • Year 10 Girls: Castleford Academy v Astley High
  • Year 10 Boys: Brooksbank v Wade Deacon


  • Year 7 Boys: (Wembley Stadium. August 25): St John Fisher -Wigan v Wade Deacon

Cash for Clubs - Open to applications for 2018

Providing vital funds for clubs across the UK for a decade, Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme giving clubs the chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and invest in the sustainability of their club.

They award grants of £500, £750 and £1000. However, to mark their tenth year they are awarding one special club £10,000 to do something extraordinary.

'Cash4Clubs' will run until August 6, 2018 and winners will be contacted in September.

View more details HERE.