Community coaches continue RL development work.

With the dawn of an exciting New Year, Newcastle Thunder’s community project is gearing up for another twelve months of development work by reflecting on another successful period of Sky Try delivery in 2018.

Newcastle Thunder’s latest programme of delivery of the RFL’s flagship Sky Try programme has been in full swing from September. Coaches from the Community Project have been working with 8 secondary schools across the North East, with the numbers of participants increasing with more and more youngsters experiencing rugby league for the first time.

Across the last two terms, schools from Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Durham have been taking part in our schools delivery with other schools taking part in our Sky Try festivals.

The Community coaches have been working with year groups 7, 8 and 9 on a six-week programme which would see the schools then come along to Kingston Park to take part in our festival against other schools.

This year the Community Project has seen their Sky Try festivals increase in popularity. Community coach Rob Jones said “Our last year 7 festival drew over 140 school children from 10 secondary schools across Tyne and Wear and Teesside. On top of this, years 8 and 9 have seen good numbers turn out for their festivals which have been played with some great attacking and defence displays.”

Sky Try schools taking part this year:

Longbenton, Joseph Swan Academy, Boldon, Park View, Heaton Manor, St Thomas More (North Shields), Academy 360, Heworth, Newminster (Morpeth), Whickham, Washington, Ashington, St Leonards, Churchill, Belmont, Benfield, Whitburn, Egglescliffe (Teesside).

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For more information on the Thunder Community Project, contact Rob Jones by emailing