A host of county schools have started to play rugby league for the first time thanks to the creation of a full-time community department.
In September, Cramlington Rockets became the first Community Rugby League Club in the north east to create a community department.
The project lead to a lot of schools playing rugby league for the first time ever, including Ponteland High, St Benet Biscop High School and Stobhillgate First School.
This eagerness to try rugby league helped the Rockets to achieve record attendance at their October half-term sports camps at home base, Cramlington Learning Village and ten new players have already signed up to play for the club’s age group teams on Saturdays.
Community development manager, Steve Beaty, said: “We are over the moon at the response we have had for this new initiative.
“Our aims are simple; we want to engage as many people as we can with the sport of rugby league and the great values that Cramlington Rockets RLFC offer, while having plenty of fun in the process and continue to grow.
“The schools, both new and old, have been incredible to work with and we look forward to their continued support in the future.”
Any school or group interested in some rugby coaching can email firstname.lastname@example.org