Coventry Bears have launched two exciting initiatives as they continue to lead the way in growing the game in the Midlands.
Firstly, an open trial for players will be held on September 24 for would-be semi-professional players to earn their place in the Bears squad for 2018, when they will be taking on former Super League champions Bradford Bulls, amongst others.
Charlie O’Mara is a product of a previous event, he impressed Coventry coaches, signed a contract and went on to become the club’s leading try scorer in 2016.
The second sees a collaboration for junior players at U16s between the Bears, Super League League Leaders Shield winners Castleford and the Midlands Hurricanes Academy.
The aim is to set up four development hubs in Coventry, the Black Country, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.
Alan Robinson, Bears CEO, said: “This programme is part of an exciting new relationship we are building with the Midlands Hurricanes Academy.
“They have been developing players for a number of years now at Loughborough college and we have seen great success with a number of players featuring for the Bears or moving onto courses and scholarships at Coventry University.
“Forging a link with the Hurricanes and assisting in the growth of this new pathway for the game is vital if we are to bring more players through.
“I know Castleford Tigers have also shown a keen interest in Midlands players at this level and I think it is also great to see a club of such status recognising that there is a pool of talent here.
“We are also looking forward to developing a new relationship with the Tigers in the future also.”
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