Primary Rugby League debuts in Cumbria
West Cumbria was the venue for the first ever Primary Rugby League event.
Over 200 children at the under-7, under-8 and under-9 age groups took part from across Allerdale and Copeland with the aim of giving every child a fun and enjoyable experience of the game.
The new initiative was launched by Sky Sports pundit Phil Clarke last month and sees the different age groups play with reduced team numbers with no match officials or coaches on the field of play.
Played in a “festival” format the new environment allows the youngsters to play and try things without fear of criticism.
“We’ve got off to a superb start and I really think this is massive step forward for the game in West Cumbria,” said Martyn Rothwell, the RFL’s Primary Rugby League Manager.
“The coaches in the local community have really bought into the concept and after Saturday’s activities were selling the format to parents and fellow coaches.
“West Cumbria will continue to run their leagues in this format for the rest of the season and we’ll then look at rolling it out across other areas of the country.”
For more information on the Primary Rugby League initiative contact Martyn Rothwell, Primary Rugby League Manager via e-mail at email@example.com or on 07795 840088.