Australia rugby trip for school champions

Castleford high school students to travel to Australia to play rugby during the summer.'Brad Hey, Lewis Young, Mason Tonks, Jack Miller, pictured with teacher Ryan Lloyd.'p4450a107
Castleford high school students to travel to Australia to play rugby during the summer.'Brad Hey, Lewis Young, Mason Tonks, Jack Miller, pictured with teacher Ryan Lloyd.'p4450a107
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AN exceptional group of students at Castleford High School have been chosen to jet off to Australia to play rugby league.

The four boys will spend two months during the summer playing at the Mackay Rugby League Academy in Queensland after teachers selected them for their commitment to school and good behaviour.

The year 11 pupils – Mason Tonks, Lewis Young, Jack Miller and Brad Hey – were also chosen for their role in the school’s rugby team that won the National Carnegie Champion Schools tournament at Wembley last year.

George Panayiotou, assistant headteacher, said: “The boys were four of many who could have been picked to go on the trip, they are all national cup champions, but they were picked for their ability and commitment to school rugby.”

The players will fly out to Australia in June and will be staying with Australian families for the duration of the trip.

To help pay for the cost of return flights down under, the school has organised a number of fundraising events, including a bag pack at the Asda supermarket in Glass Houghton last month which brought in £1,100.

Mr Panayiotou added: “It will cost around £1,000 per person to go on the trip and the whole school has been really supportive.

“A range of pupils from every year in the school have been helping to raise money and it’s been really great to see everyone get behind the boys.

“This will be a great chance for them to pit their skills against the best young players in Australia. They are really looking forward to it.”

To make a donation towards the trip, contact Lee Holmes, head of PE at Castleford High School on 01977 605060.