posted on 15 November 2012

The Wildcats Community Trust have continued their Partner Schools Programme by hosting a ‘Learning Through Rugby’ workshop at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for Hendal Primary School.

Director of Education Mark Winder takes the pupils on a tour of the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The pupils from years five and six enjoyed a full day at the home of Wakefield Wildcats which was organised by the clubs Director of Education Mark Winder and was a huge success.

The Trust aims to offer additional support to schools with an exciting, educational and inspirational experience in all their work and this new initiative is another example of this. The days are seen as an opportunity for children to visit the oldest stadium in rugby league, find out the role of the club in the community and the history of the club over the last 139 years.

The ‘Learning Through Rugby’ session will be the first of many which also offers primary school children the opportunity to meet the first team players while learning outside a classroom environment with a keen focus on academic achievement. A number of activities were organised including measuring the pitch and answering questions about the clubs history in a varied school day for the children.

The Wildcats Director of Education Mark Winder explains the ‘Learning Through Rugby’ workshops.

“We can tailor the days to focus on literacy, numeracy, history or just as a reward for good behaviour.

“There are only two more years that the stadium will exist before we move to Newmarket so it is a unique opportunity to give children a chance to look and learn about the old stadium. As a Trust we are looking to inspire and engage children about the club whilst learning crucial skills.”

Hendal were the first primary school to take part in the activities at the Rapid Solicitors and teacher Mrs Wood was delighted with the day’s work.

“The children have had a tour of the stadium which was absolutely fantastic including the dugouts, being on the pitch, in the stands, changing rooms and even the gym which was wonderful. We’ve also seen the players training which was great and and we’ve had an excellent room to do our work in and the facilities have been superb.

“It is nice to get out of the school and use a local resource that we have on our doorstep. Hopefully because we have been here these children will support the Wildcats and bring their families as well.

“We have always  had a  positive relationship with the club because their work is of good quality. Mark is knowledgeable  it’’s good to get information about the history of the club which we’’ve never had before.

“All the activities are pitched at the right level.”

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