Bears Grow Rugby League in Coventry through Sky Try Programme
In March 2015 Bears in the Community set out on a development pathway within the city of Coventry with an aim to increase the participation of the sport of rugby league.
A key part of that pathway was involvement in the Sky Try project which helps foundations fund delivery of rugby league in schools.
At the beginning of March, according to RFL figures, 270 people participated in the sport of rugby league in Coventry. This includes open age amateur teams as well as the two university teams in the region.
Within this figure it was clear that there was a need to develop players of a younger age as there were no recorded instances of rugby league being delivered in schools.
The past 10 months have now seen that figure increase dramatically. So far eleven schools have taken up the sport with the support of Bears in the Community and the Sky Try programme.
A further twelve have expressed an interest in adding the sport to their curriculum.
This is a major increase within the city as it leads to 23 schools taking part in rugby league either through the Coventry Bears delivering in the school or through attending Teacher CPD days which will allow them to deliver independently.
The most staggering figure of this growth is that the increase in number of people participating in rugby league sessions has increased from the aforementioned 270 to nearly 1,500 since we began the programme.
With further schools to participate in the programme it is likely that this number will increase even further as more children come to enjoy the sport of rugby league.
Speaking on this significant increase in participation Community Manager Conor Kelly remarked; “It’s been an incredible year for us as we have started out on our journey to making Coventry a rugby league strong hold. We have had excellent support through the Sky Try project which has allowed us to deliver to schools within curriculum time as well as helping us to build positive relationships with the teachers who have enjoyed their involvement as much as the students taking part in our delivery.”
“2016 will only see the development in the area grow as we engage with more schools and in turn more children. As well as Sky Try we will be introducing a number of new projects and initiatives which will only see positive growth for the sport. It is an exciting time for rugby league in Coventry as we look to embed the sport even further in the region.”
If your school would like to learn more about our projects please contact Community Manager, Conor Kelly on 07472903382 or Conor.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.