Youngsters given tips from top by Super League stars

Pupils at Seaton Delaval's Astley High School during a rugby coaching session by Hull Kingston Rovers players in January 2016.

Pupils at Seaton Delaval's Astley High School during a rugby coaching session by Hull Kingston Rovers players in January 2016.

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The Elsdon Avenue school’s Year 9 boys and girls’ squads, along with members of its sixth form rugby academy, were put through their paces by Super League stars Terry Campese, Graeme Home, Chris Clarkson, Thomas Minns and James Greenwood, plus head coach Chris Chester.

The Hull KR players also talked to Year 9 and 10 students during an assembly about important qualities for studies, sport and life in general such as sacrifice, commitment, discipline and motivation.

The players and students then braved the elements for an outdoor coaching session, followed by an indoor fitness class for a PE group.

The players also visited Seaton Sluice Middle School to assist in a problem-solving PE session and gave a talk to pupils.

The Hull KR visit was part of the team’s wider pre-season training. The aim was to take the Super League players outside their comfort zones and challenge them in a range of different environments, from a team-building exercise involving the feigned rescue of passengers at Newcastle Airport to handing out food at a shelter for homeless people.

Astley High rugby league development coach Lee Carbutt said: “This was a great way to start the new school term and inspire students to strive to do well in their studies, sport and life.

“Students got involved, making the most of this unique visit from the Hull KR players.

“Becoming one of the leading schools in the north east for rugby league development and our involvement in the Rugby Football League Embed the Pathway scheme have enabled access to inspirational opportunities like this for our students.

“Our national final win also gave us a higher profile within the heartlands of the game.”