Castleford fans’ chance to quiz senior players

Andy Lynch.
Andy Lynch.

Castleford Tigers Supporters Club are holding a senior players evening in the WSTS Suite at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Tuesday evening.

The event, sponsored by Carpet Magic, Kippax, has a 7.45pm start and will involve invited guests Luke Dorn, Andy Lynch, Joel Monaghan and Michael Shenton.

Admission is £1 for members, £3 non-members and there will be a raffle with the bar open and tea and coffee available.

Deposits will be taken for the CTSC dinner dance, which will take place on Friday, November 18 at Greywood Hall and will celebrate 90 years of the Castleford club.

The annual dinner dance is open to non-members with tickets £30 and a £10 non-returnable deposit securing your place.

For tickets, see the supporters club in the Tiger bar before kick-off on match days, attend one of the monthly events or contact Paul Burns-Williamson at

The dinner dance will involve a disco, raffle and auction with special guests to be confirmed. Start time will be 7pm with food served at 7.30pm prompt. Last orders will be 11.45pm with the venue closing at 12.15am. There will be a three-course carvery set menu with a vegetarian option available, plus drinks offers while tea and coffee can be purchased from the bar.

CTSC held an entertaining under 19s and youth development evening last month in the WSTS Suite when Pete Riding (head of youth and U16s head coach), Tony Smith (U19s head coach), Darren Higgins (talent development manager) and Jamie Bell (academy lead on strength and conditioning) attended along with current under 19s players Calum Turner, Conor Fitzsimmons and Brandon Douglas.

The evening started with congratulations to Conor Fitzsimmons on his selection for England Academy on the Australian tour and Conor told supporters about the tour and the games arranged.

Further questions were asked about each individual’s role, the scholarship, under 19s and how things were progressing at the present time. The RFL’s academy accreditation process was discussed in detail,

Following the RFL’s recent academy accreditation process Castleford Tigers have been recognized as a ‘Good’ academy following considerable improvements made to the club’s youth development provision over the last 12 months.

The assessment of the Tigers stated that ‘Castleford Tigers have made significant progress over the last 12 months and achieved a ‘Good’ academy, awarded to them by the independent accreditation.

The club have enhanced the delivery, which is having a real positive impact on the needs of its players.

Other improvements include their partnership with Pontefract NEW College and the range of education opportunities provided to players, increased contact time and improved staffing structures.

A player welfare officer has been deployed to specifically cater for the youth environment and external specialists deliver mental skills and nutrition support on a one to one basis. Feedback from parents/guardians is extremely positive.

After a break more questions were asked covering junior rugby, which team did the guests support as a youngster, influence on career, personal goals, favourite player in SL, favourite Cas player, favourite team-mate, nickname, favourite music, favourite TV, likes and dislikes about the club.

The U19s home match day was discussed which is usually Thursday and how this impacted on people attending the game. This day now clashes with the live Sky game and all agreed that another day or before the first team game would be beneficial to improve attendance.

CTSC raised £41 on the night and thanked all the guests and everyone who attended.