Rugby youngsters go Down Under

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Two years of fundraising has set a group of youngsters from Castleford packing on a 17-day rugby tour to Australia.

The budding stars from Castleford Academy have held fundraising events including race nights and bag packs at Asda for the last two years to pay for the trip.

There was also a music festival held last month to help draw in the cash.

Lee Holmes, head of physical education at Castleford Academy and trip leader, said: “The trip has taken two years to plan and is a fantastic opportunity for the year nine students.

“Without the help and support of the parents, school staff, teachers and the local community, this trip would not have been possible.”

The team of 22 students, who set off last week, will visit the cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Mackay as part of the 17-day tour.

They will play two rugby league games against their Australian counterparts.

First they will take on Beenleigh High School in Brisbane before travelling to Mackay to take on Mackay State High School.

The group has also been supported by sponsorship from local businesses as well as a grant from sports charity Rugby League Cares.

Mr Holmes thanked all those that helped make the trip possible.