Young rugby league players are flying high after sharing the pitch with some of their heroes.
A total of 80 youngsters from Cramlington Rockets were among the mascots involved in the Magic Weekend held at St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Decked out in the club’s orange, members of the club’s Under 12s formed the guard of honour to welcome teams to the match between Newcastle Thunder and York City Knights held at Kingston Park stadium on Friday.
Then on Saturday, it was the turn of the club’s U8s and U10s to escort Widnes Vikings down the St James’ Park tunnel for the first match of Magic Weekend.
And on Sunday, there was more involvement for the Rockets players and families.
A total of 30 lined up to carry the flags of Hull FC and Hull KR in the derby, before a last-minute call from the RFL for additional helpers saw even more Rockets, mums and dads included, plucked from the crowd to bear the huge sponsors’ flag for the St Helens versus Huddersfield Giants match.
By the end of the weekend, more than 80 Rockets got close to the action.
Chairman Jeff Ball said: “For us, Magic Weekend is about making memories and showcasing our club and the North East to the rest of the rugby league family.
“Part of the ‘Magic’ of the event is the experiences it offers and to see so many Rockets involved, especially those new to the club that had never even been to a match before, has made it another weekend to remember.”
“We really hope we can do it all again next year.”