Skolars and Saracens in cross code clash

James Gordon

London Skolars will take on Saracens in a cross-code challenge game at under 16s level next month.

The unique event, to be played on Wednesday 4th April (7pm) at Bramley Road Sports Ground in Southgate, is being hosted by Barnet and Southgate College, with rugby union in the first half, and rugby league in the second half.

North London’s leading Rugby organisations, Skolars and Saracens work in partnership on Barnet and Southgate College’s College of Rugby Education (CORE) delivering classroom based sessions as well as field and strength and conditioning focussed sessions. 

The initiative was dreamt up by the staff and coaches involved in CORE, Skolars and Saracens Foundation as an opportunity to show-case the college and course, both clubs, allowing Barnet and Southgate College to recruit for the 2012-13 academic year intake. Both Skolars and Saracens will have first team players present and there will also be other special guests pre-sent from both Rugby League and Rugby Union.

Skolars Community Coach, Neil Thorman, who leads on CORE delivery for the Skolars said: “Our players are really looking forward to pitting their wits against one of the most famous Rugby clubs in the country. The event is generating some genuine excitement in North London and we are getting some really positive publicity. 

“Both clubs can only benefit from the event and we hope to make it a regular exhibition game allowing members from both clubs to find out precisely the opportunities they have educationally and Rugby wise in the area.

“A lot of praise must go to Graeme Spencer (Skolars Community Coach) who is the key coordinator for the Cross Code challenge without his effort and push we would never see this wonderfully unique game being played.”