Rugby stars are off to Wembley

Year 10 National Festival at Astley High School.
Year 10 National Festival at Astley High School.

Talented young sports starts from the county are on their way to Wembley after reaching the Rugby Football League Champion Schools national final.

Following regional qualifiers, the national festival saw eight schools from across England compete for a place in the national final.

Year 10 pupils from Astley Community High School were up against giants of girls’ school rugby league Castleford Academy, along with Deanery of Wigan, and Dowdales of Cumbria.

Astley and Castleford now face a rugby league showdown for the National Festival title on Friday, August 28, at Richmond Rugby Club in Surrey.

On August 29, the Astley girls have the chance to parade at Wembley before the cup final.

Astley Rugby League Coach, Mr Carbutt said: “This is without doubt one of the highlights of my teaching career so far.

“A lot of hard work has gone into girls’ rugby league at Astley over the last five years, starting with Ms Robinson and one team the sport has grown in popularity with every year group from Year 7 upwards playing.

“I can’t praise the girl’s efforts enough on the day but more importantly in the training and build up to the game.”

Assistant headteacher, Graham Scott said: “We are all absolutely delighted with the progress that the Year 10 girls have made and reaching Wembley is a fantastic achievement, this is due to the hard work of all the girls in the squad and there inspirational coach Mr Carbutt.”