posted on 31 October 2011

The Wildcats Community Team were particularly busy before last week’s half-term break, engaging with over 650 young people in a series of festivals and events.

The Community Team engaged with more than 650 young people in a series of festivals and events recently

A trio of tag rugby festivals concluded six weeks of coaching sessions delivered by the Wildcats to primary schools both in Wakefield and Barnsley focussing on rugby league basics from passing to how to carry the ball and the rules of tag rugby.

Each festival included both boys and girls teams, with Flanshaw coming out victorious amongst the boys in the Sanadal and Thornes region, whilst Walton took the glory in the girls tournament.

In the week’s other festival held at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, Shay Lane and St. Austins couldn’t be separated in the boys final and so shared the trophy, as Heath View girls defeated St. Mary’s in a tightly contested final.

Shay Lane and St. Austins boys share one of the boys finals at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium

The week’s festivals concluded in Barnsley as Summer Lane A won the boys final with a sudden death try, and Royston Parkside picked up the trophy in the girls tournament.

It wasn’t just the three festivals keeping the Community Team busy though.  The Wakefield 23rd Scout Group visited the Wildcats for a stadium tour and to learn about the history of the club, plus a talk on healthy lifestyles from Community Development Officer, Richard Cattley.

There were festivals for both boys and girls teams

Events and Project Manager, Sarah Elston also welcomed Wakefield College Sport and Active Leisure Diploma students for a talk on what it’s like to work in a professional sport environment as part of their ‘Job Opportunities in Sport’ unit.

Girls rugby league is also continuing to prove hugely popular in one school in particular.  Outwood Grange Academy re-launched their after school rugby club due to popular demand ran by PE teacher, Kat Slater and our very own Women and Girls Rugby Development Officer, Clare Marlow.

Girls rugby is proving popular at Outwood Grange

The sessions are delivered with the intention of increasing participation and performance within the school, and with 22 girls attending the first night the school are aiming to build on winning last years Jane Tomlinson Memorial Trophy, the year 8 girls now have ambitions of qualifying from the local round of the 2012 Carnegie Champions Schools Competition and progressing onto the regional and national competitions.

For more information on the projects run by the Wildcats Community Team and how your school can get involved, contact the Team by calling 01924 211611.

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