Pupils ‘try’ their best at Featherstone Rovers festival

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Hundreds of schoolchildren showed off their new rugby skills at a sports festival organised by the Featherstone Rovers Foundation.

The foundation - a registered charity affiliated to Featherstone Rovers RLFC - hosted its first KS1 Sky Try Rugby League Festival at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

The 450 year one and two pupils who took part in the event have all completed the free Sky Try Rugby League programme in their schools. They had the chance to show off their new skills with a variety of activities including the Sly Fox, Pass like a Pro, Rats and Rabbits and Rovers Kicking challenge.

The festival got off to a great start when children, parents, teachers and foundation staff took to the pitch for a mass performance of R.U.G.B.Y. The song is used during sessions run by Animalates Rugby League programme, a similar but separate scheme that focuses on physical literacy while introducing Rugby League to a younger audience.

All the children who took part received a Sky Try T-shirt and were all presented a certificate of achievement by Featherstone mayor Coun Claire Woodhead and Rovers mascot Percy the pit pony.

Featherstone Rovers Foundation launched its Sky Try programme, which is led by Paul March, in January 2017. The Sky Television-backed initiative is aimed at getting more people playing and watching Rugby League. The programme is designed so the children learn basic rugby league skills as well as the key stage one fundamental skills such as balance, jumping, catching, throwing, agility and co-ordination while encouraging children to work individually and as a team.

For more information, email paul.march@featherstonerovers.co.uk or visit www.featherstoneroversfoundation.org.