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Foundation Friday – Sky Try programme

24th November 2017 | 9:03 am

By Leanne Flynn

To celebrate the work of our official charity Leeds Rhinos Foundation each Friday we will highlight some of the work they do to help change the lives of people in our community using the power of sport.  This week we look at the work the charity does in schools through the Sky Try programme.

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To celebrate the work of our official charity Leeds Rhinos Foundation each Friday we will highlight some of the work they do to help change the lives of people in our community using the power of sport.  This week we look at the work the charity does in schools through the Sky Try programme.

Sky Try is a ground-breaking partnership initiative between the RFL, Sky and the Rugby League Foundations.  The initiative aims to increase the number of people regularly involved in community clubs or as spectators and viewers.

The multi-million-pound project empowers Rugby League clubs’ charitable Foundations across the country to make a massive difference by delivering new opportunities to play, watch and become involved in the sport. Sky Try is helping 700,000 more children and young people have fun, get active, grow in confidence and enjoy Rugby League.

The Sky Try programme in Leeds is run by Leeds Rhinos Foundation and over the last three years their work in Primary Schools through Sky Try has helped introduce more children to Rugby League which has led to a huge increase in the number of teams who are now able to run under-7s teams.

In 2017 staff from Leeds Rhinos Foundation worked in schools across Leeds to deliver free coaching in schools to 3,847 children.  These six-week coaching blocks in schools then led to a taster session in the 24 Ambassador Clubs in the city, to provide a clear pathway for the children to continue playing the game.

The Sky Try programme has been supported by Rhinos players, including Brett Ferres and Kallum Watkins who have attended Taster Sessions at community club to inspire the next generation of players.

Leon Crick, Rugby League Development Plan Manager at Leeds Rhinos Foundation said: “The community game in Leeds has hugely benefited from the Sky Try programme.  We are now able to work in more schools to introduce more children to the game and support the community game by signposting them to their local club through the taster sessions.

“As a charity we are not only committed to developing the sport of Rugby League but also helping the aims of the city to get more people active.  Working with children of this age group has proven to have a positive impact in them forming good habits such as taking part in regular physical activity.  By encouraging them to join a local club they are also able to enjoy activities in safe environments and learn other skills such as team work, whilst building self-confidence around their peers.

“We have been delighted to have been supported by Kallum and Brett this year.  They have both come through the community game and have gone on to have great success with the Rhinos so they are great models for the young people we work with.  We were also honoured to welcome HRH Prince Harry, in his role as Patron of the Rugby League, to one of our Sky Try events, which will be a day that those involved will never forget.”

Watch this video to see a taster of the Sky Try programme.

For more information on the Sky Try programme email leon.crick@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

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Leeds Rhinos Foundation is the official charity of Leeds Rhinos. They deliver projects to help some of the most vulnerable people in the Leeds community by harnessing the power of sport to make a lasting, positive impact on individuals’ lives. If you would like to support the work of Leeds Rhinos Foundation you can make a donation by clicking here