Manchester Rangers Community coaches look to school talent to initiate Rugby League activity at Manchester’s brand new, state of the art Rugby League facilities in the East of the City.
The start of the 2015/16 academic year sees the Rangers further strengthen their links with a number of high schools in key demographic areas for the Rangers Community Delivery Plan. With the intention of creating a new junior age group based out of Belle Vue Sports Village in the New Year, Rangers Coaches have commenced the delivery of 20 weeks of After School sessions for year 7 boy’s in St Peters RC High School, Wright Robinson High School and Trinity C of E High School. The project – part of the RFL’s Satellite Delivery in school’s will culminate in a 13 a side festival of Rugby League which will take place at Belle Vue Sports Village when the Stadium is officially opened in February.
“The community club based at Belle Vue is the first step in our Community Delivery Plan. A strategy that has been put in place to ensure that there are participation opportunities for all ages in East Manchester over the next 5 to 10 years. Says Rangers Community Development Manager, Nick Holt.
“Engagement within the cities High Schools is a key part of our development plan going forward. Creating a player pathway is paramount to the success of both Manchester Rangers and Rugby League within Manchester.
“This work is added to our current work in local primary schools, colleges and universities which allows us to encompass delivery across a range from 3 – 21+ years old, developing Rugby League players from an early age.”
Marc Lovering, RFL Club & Competition Manager, speaking of Manchester Rangers Satellite delivery in the city said;
“Manchester Rangers are working incredibly hard to take the club and rugby league to the local community.
“The talent pool available in and around Manchester is exceptional. In order to tap into that potential we need clubs like Manchester Rangers who are prepared to engage fully with the local community.
This is now the second year we have worked with the club to deliver Rugby League sessions at local schools and the sessions are proving to be a big hit.
“It’s only a matter of time before Rangers will be able to field junior teams but in the meantime they are doing an excellent job in delivering Rugby League in a school setting.”