The London Rugby League Foundation and our delivery partners have had a busy 2017, delivering rugby league to over 6000 primary and secondary school children across Londond and the South East of England. The delivery is all part of Sky Try, a national project funded by Sky Sports in partnership with Super League, which aims to deliver to 700,000 children across the country by 2021.
The Foundation has delivered coaching in partnership with 12 community clubs, with the aim of attracting more children from school to the community game, with some fantastic results. The video below, produced with partners Big Plus, captures a snapshot of some of the activity, focussing on delivery in Newham which saw over 30 children join local club Newham Dockers:
Foundation Managing Director, Dan Steel, said "This is the second full year of Sky Try delivery and we're delighted to have reached so many young people with high quality coaching. There has been some real success stories with our community clubs, including some like Medway Dragons and London Skolars who we've been able to fund to do the work themselves building partnerships in their local community. We're learning each year and we've got lots more to do to develop a thriving junior game in the South East, but we're excited about continuing to build further on our work in 2018."
The 2017 Sky Try project culminated in August 2017 with the London Rugby League Challenge Cup Festival, which saw over 152 children from 15 clubs across the country come together for a primary rugby league festival at The Hive, before heading to Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final.