Children get sport in act

A Cramlington Rockets community coaching session.
A Cramlington Rockets community coaching session.

A community sports scheme run in Cramlington has proved it’s in a league of its own.

Rugby league club Cramlington Rockets’ community initiative has been offering every year 4 student in the town the chance to try the sport for free.

Over the course of a single day, pupils from every school in the town travelled to Cramlington Learning Village to spend a few hours being introduced to the sport.

Students and teachers took part in a fun coaching carousel eventually leading to a tag rugby festival for all participants.

School sports partnership co-ordinator Gill Marsden said: “It’s been an amazing day. The teachers, the leaders and Rockets’ community team have been fantastic.

“It’s great to see so many smiling faces, and I am sure a lot of these students will continue playing rugby league.”

Rockets community manager Steve Beaty added: “We have been able to give every year 4 student a positive experience within sport, and that truly is amazing. Rugby league is a great sport with something for everyone.”

“At the main club, Cramlington Rockets, we are always looking to develop our members and encourage them to take further qualifications.

“To be able to extend that to the students here at Cramlington Learning Village is, therefore, very pleasing, and I am sure we will see many of them still coaching in years to come.”