Great Britain legend Adrian Morley recently visited children involved in the Sky Try initiative, helping to mark the programme’s most successful year on record.
More than 150,000 children and young people have been engaged by the ambitious project in the last year and the initiative is set to exceed its lofty target of 700,000 participants by July 2021.
To mark the milestone, children and young people from up and down the country were invited to take part in a festival of rugby at The Hive in Barnet, north-west London before the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.
The event saw over 400 participants take part in the national festival with teams from all over the country with a special guest appearance from former Super League great Morley.
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All those involved in the festival were then invited to head to Wembley for a pitch walk before the Rugby Football League’s premier showpiece match, the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley – which Warrington Wolves won 18-4.
Sky Try Manager, Thomas Brindle said: “This initiative is all about inspiring young people to get involved in rugby league and sport more widely. Sport teaches young people how to conduct themselves around others, teamwork and ultimately what can be achieved when they work hard and persevere.
“We are moving into year six of the Sky Try programme, which has been absolutely fantastic for our sport.
“Helping the junior game grow and helping our foundation become even stronger in conjunction with our community clubs – they are real pillars of our communities.”
Morley, 42, who played more than 100 times each for Leeds Rhinos, Sydney Roosters and Warrington Wolves, said: “It’s brilliant to see how successful Sky Try has been over recent years – the numbers speak for themselves, particularly in this record year.
“I learnt so much about myself on the rugby pitch as a young boy and it’s great to give these children the opportunity to do the same, learning about teamwork and cooperation all while being active and learning a skill – it’s been a pleasure to come down and give the fantastic coaches a hand.”
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