Rugby League stars visit school festival in Coventry - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Rugby League stars visit school festival in Coventry

RUGBY LEAGUE: SOME of rugby league’s top stars paid a visit to a school rugby festival in the build to Coventry hosting the Four Nations tournament.

Players from current world champions Australia, Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic, and England’s Elliott Whitehead, Daryl Clark and Luke Gale visited the Coventry Bears 5s 4 Nations Schools Festival at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Eight schools battled it out for a trophy in a five-a-side touch rugby competition to celebrate the arrival of the Four Nations tournament at the Ricoh Arena.

Each school received warm ups and team talks from one of the Australian and England players, as well as the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session.

Caludon Castle School ran out eventual winners, beating Stoke Park in the final. Other schools taking part were President Kennedy School and Community College, The Westwood Academy, Coundon Court School and Community College, Ernesford Grange Community School, Lyng Hall School, Sidney Stringer Academy and Stoke Park School and Community Technology College.

“Events like this are important for rugby league, particularly in new areas for the sport,” said England scrum-half Luke Gale.

“I’ve been really impressed with the set up in Coventry. I’ve spent some time playing with some of the boys and girls who have got some great skills, it’s really exciting to see and the more we can grow our game into new areas, the better.”

The Coventry Bears 5s 4 Nations Festival was organised by Engage! – an organisation aiming to improve lives through promoting the values of rugby. The festival is also part of the wider City of Rugby initiative to make Coventry a world leader at every level of the sport by 2023.

Since Coventry Bears started delivering Bears 5’s, an innovative, new five-a-side touch rugby programme in Coventry, in the last six months over 1,400 people have taken part.

Coventry Bears Managing Director Alan Robinson added: “We’re really keen to grow the sport in the city and into communities that wouldn’t normally get the opportunity, so it’s been great to see the England and Australian players talking to kids about how they got involved in the sport at a grassroots level.”

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