Over the past two weeks the Wildcats Community team have been ‘on the road’ with some of the local amateur clubs delivering one day rugby camps for the juniors of each team. Over 60 children took part at Crigglestone All Blacks; Stanley Rangers and Eastmoor Dragons.
On each day the participants were put through their paces in various skills based drills and games covering most aspects of rugby league ranging from handling to tackling and evasion. Members of the Wildcats first team were also on hand to impart their wisdom on the children and even stayed on to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Players who attended the days were: Damien Blanch; Sam Obst; Julien Rinaldi; Ben Jeffries; James Davey; Jason Demetriou; Matty Blaymire; Dale Ferguson; Charlie Leaeno; Glenn Morrison; Sean Gleeson; Paul Johnson; Paul Cooke; Paul King; and Michael Korkidas.
As a special thank you to the amateur clubs, without whom there would be no rugby players, each child that booked on the camp represented a £5 kick back to the respective clubs.
Wildcats Development Officer Richard Cattley had this to say: ‘The camps were a great success. Every kid who took part had a huge smile on their face, especially when the players turned up and joined in! We felt that we needed to give something back to the clubs in the local area and this was thought to be the best way of doing that. Hopefully we can progress this further in the future. ’
At half time during the Wildcats home match against Warrington the club officials were presented with the cheques for their ‘kick back’ by Richard Cattley and Wildcat Doll Claire Hamnett.
The Wildcats would like to thank the Healthier Communities Fund, Subway who kindly provided sandwiches for each day, the and the Community team would like to thank the first team players who attended each day, they added to the camps and the kids really enjoyed their involvement.