Entries open for Thunder Schools Cup

Secondary school pupils from across the North East will enjoy further playing opportunities this term, as the Thunder Community Project launches the brand new Thunder Schools’ Cup.

Arising from the Project’s work in delivering Sky Try sessions and work around Champion Schools, the Thunder Schools Cup is a direct response to the desire of participants in these programmes to play more games.

Taking place over the summer term, the Thunder Schools Cup will culminate with a finals day at Kingston Park Stadium and will also provide participants with the opportunity to watch Newcastle Thunder in action, with complimentary tickets for the players taking part.

Open to any secondary school in the North East, the Thunder Schools Cup aims to supplement the work of Sky Try and Champion Schools and increase the number of young people playing the game and getting involved at their local clubs.

A total of 12 schools have already submitted entries for the competition, with a full launch set to take place at the 1895 Cup match against Keighley on May 4th.

Entries remain open until Friday 26th April and interested schools should get in touch with the Thunder Community Project by contacting Rob Jones, for more information or to submit their entry.

Speaking about the new programme, Thunder community coach Rob Jones said: “I am really pleased to get this off the ground and getting a proper schools competition going in the North East.

“It is going to allow more schools to join in playing rugby league and we’ve already received entries that the Thunder Schools Cup will be their first involvement with Newcastle Thunder and our community work.

“With the idea for the cup coming from schools that have been part of our Sky Try delivery, it’s very pleasing to see that the kids we have worked with are enjoying playing the game and want to play more.

“By giving them that opportunity, we will hopefully see more of these young players progress to their local community clubs and continue growing our game in the region.”