31 May 2022
RFL makes Challenge Cup Final a day to remember for hundreds of schoolchildren
Spectators and armchair supporters watching Saturday’s Challenge Cup Final between Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors will have noticed hundreds of children taking part in a pre-match parade on the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Around 300 children from 19 community clubs nationwide took part in the parade, which followed a successful Challenge Cup Final Primary RL Festival on Saturday morning at the New River Sports Centre in Haringey, home of London Skolars. There were U7s, U9s and U11s age groups that made up the festival with 100 games played during the mornings activity.
Stephen Guan, the RFL’s Southern Regions Development Manager, said: “We aimed to give children a fantastic and fun playing experience, an opportunity to play teams from outside of their regions, and for all players to improve their skills and experience a positive playing environment. It was a delight to see so many kids with smiles on their faces enjoying the sport of Rugby League.
"The festival was less about finding a winning team and more about maximising playing time for the players. All the coaches were excellent on the day and really bought into the spirit of ‘Enjoy the Game’ with their encouraging and supportive behaviour. A big RFL ‘thank you’ goes to all those coaches, managers and parents who got all the teams down for the morning’s activities and also to the volunteers who helped make the day such a success. Having the opportunity to walk alongside the pitch at the state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium ahead of the Challenge Cup Final was the icing on the cake and will be something they’ll remember forever.”
The following clubs took part.
Beverley Braves, Beverley
Bassetlaw Bulldogs RLFC, East Markham
Leamington Royals, Leamington Spa
Medway Dragons, Gillingham, Kent
Newsome Panthers, Huddersfield
Cadishead Rhinos, Cadishead, Manchester
New Ravens RL, Birmingham
West Bowling ARLFC, Bradford
Normanton Knights, Normanton
Shrewsbury Lions, Shrewsbury
Doncaster Toll Bar, Doncaster
Elmbridge Eagles, Elmbridge
Shine All Golds, Bristol
Portico Vine ARLFC, St. Helens
Blackbrook Royals, St Helens
Brixton Bulls, Brixton, London
Farnley Falcons, Leeds
London Skolars, Haringey, London
West Oxfordshire Levellers, Witney, Oxfordshire
Once final details for the 2023 Challenge Cup Final have been confirmed, registrations will open for the 2023 Primary RL Festival and Pitch Parade.