Seven students at Castleford Academy have been chosen to spend two months this summer in Australia playing rugby league.
Castleford Academy has had a close partnership over the past few years with Mackay State High School Rugby League Academy in Queensland. This has seen a total of 22 students in the past five summers embark on the same adventure.
In 2013, Castleford Academy also took to Australia a full rugby team of 22 students who spent over two weeks touring the state.
The seven pupils, all currently in year 11 and taking their GCSEs, are Aaron Couch, Brad Roberts, Calum Turner, Cameron Smith, Cameron Worsley, Jack Ray and Jack Render.
The students are all talented RL players and were part of the National Schools Cup winning side for Castleford Academy last August.
Couch, Turner and Ray are on scholarship with Castleford Tigers, Render is on scholarship at Featherstone Rovers and Smith is currently on scholarship with Leeds Rhinos, as well as being an England representative for the past two years.
To be eligible for the once in a lifetime trip, the entire squad were given the opportunity to write a letter of application to Mackay explaining why they wanted to go on the exchange and what they would bring to the school.
Trip leader Ryan Lloyd said: “The boys are seven of a full squad of players who could have been picked to go on the trip.
“Their commitment to school and school sport has been excellent over the past five years.
“The trip is a once in lifetime experience and they will be a credit to themselves and Castleford.”
The players will fly out to Australia at the end of June after their final GCSE exams and will be staying with Australian families for the duration of the trip.
Despite this, the trip still costs a substantial amount of money with flights and other expenses included.
The school are running various fundraising event to help the students.
Any donations - raffle prizes or monetary - would be gratefully received and would go a long way to funding the trip.
They are also seeking the help of local businesses through sponsorship.
Anyone interested in making a donation or being a sponsor can contact Ryan Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the school on 01977-605060.