29th March 2021, 18:09 | rfl
Starting today thousands of Rugby League players return to training.
The number of registered teams is up on this point last year and player registrations are very strong with several weeks to go to the start of 2021 competitions.
Social variants of the sport – Touch RL, Try Tag and Masters – can resume now and players registrations are up across the board.
Marc Lovering, Director of Participation and Development says; “Good luck to all the players returning to outdoor training. Our very best wishes especially to the brand-new teams starting their Rugby League journey.
“Thank you to the army of volunteers who have worked with us non-stop to keep players engaged, and to encourage registrations.
“Community Rugby League volunteers are the absolute heroes of this period for the sport. Coaches who joined our webinars and took up the Skill To Play and Fit To Play resources and kept young people active and involved; all the teams who took part in Virtual Gamedays; and the hundreds of volunteers who stepped forward to become their club’s Covid Officer – a volunteer role none of us could have anticipated in 2019.
“Everyone has pulled together brilliantly. Communications across the Community Game from the governing body to leagues and clubs, and from clubs to their players and parents have been frequent and effective. To everyone who has given so much to the grassroots game in a difficult year – thank you. We have really missed Community Rugby League and we are all ready to play.”
The pandemic has accelerated innovation in the Community game.
Masters RL has seen a 12% growth in participants before a game has been staged. Congratulations all involved in promoting these parts of the sport.
Schools Rugby League is back
Activity is underway both in curriculum time and as part of extra-curricular provision, with many participating in virtual School Games activities during home schooling including virtual skillsand ‘Set of 6’ challenges. Rugby League Foundations have been instrumental in delivering covid-compliant sessions – thank you and congratulations to them.
College Rugby League has returned
Both men’s and women’s teams have been able to get back into training in line with DfE guidance. College Rugby League games are back in early May with the RFL receiving a good number of expressions of interest from college teams and development academies.
Good luck everyone – get ready to play!