10th June 2019, 14:37 | hull_youth
The City of Hull Rugby League have introduced an exciting and innovative competition calendar for junior players which has seen the integration of three open access development days at each of 4 age groups (U11 – U15).
The development days are run as festivals with all current teams and new players welcome to attend.
The festivals are non-competitive however at each festival the rules of the games change. With more points been allocated depending on the rules that day. For example the most recent U11’s festival tries from kicks were rewarded with 6 points rather than 2 if the try was not a result of a kick, this was to encourage teams to kick more.
These festivals will evolve with different games and rules developing over the coming months.
The open access element has been a huge success too. 36 new players have attended the five festivals so far in 2019, of those 36, 17 have then gone on to register for a club, these players are targeted through the schools programme but also via an encouragement for existing players to bring a friend.
In addition to new players the festivals have been a great to blood new match officials.
The development days have been led by staff and volunteers from the new City of Hull RL. Rob Wilson has co-ordinated these ‘The days so far have been really successful, they are different from standard leagues games and we aim to create a positive environment where all players are encouraged to try to develop different skills. The feedback from the coaches has been really positive and we will continue to look at ways to add value to this concept.’
The day was also attended by Hull FC legend and current Doncaster coach Richard Horne and Hull FC player welfare manager and former Kiwi Test player Feka Paleaaesina was also present in his role as Cottingham Tigers U11 water carrier.