Junior Rugby League Festival Success

Sun, 2001-07-29 01:00

On Saturday 21st April East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, hosted their inaugural North East Rugby League u11’s festival.

The festival was part of the North East Junior League fixture list, each season clubs bid to host it.

The teams that took part were Durham Tigers, Peterlee Pumas, Gateshead Storm, Whitley Bay Barbarians, Cramlington Rockets, Warriors RL, Wallsend Eagles and North Yorkshire Broncos.

East Durham College’s Community Rugby League Coach Rob Jones said: “I would like to thank all the teams for attending the festival.

“I would also like to thank the College for their time to ensure the festival was such a success. Events such as this also help the College going forward in the long term development of Rugby League within the college and the wider community.”

Jade Mackie, Regional Development Officer for the RFL added: “The festival was a huge success; East Durham College have some excellent facilities and it is fantastic for local clubs to see what they have to offer players of the future.

“Hopefully moving forward this can become an annual event and continue to grow as the community game expands over the coming seasons. The progress in these players from u10s to u11s is exceptional and I look forward to them playing in a league structure in the 2013 season.”

East Durham College are already planning future events and developments in Rugby League to expand on this current success through their new partnership link with the Bradford Bulls.

Rose Fraser, a Sports Development Officer at the College, added: “The College are currently forming strong progression links in all areas of grassroots sport and will be hosting festivals in a range of sports.

“The Rugby League festival success was testament of just what added value our facilities and support make to the grassroots game.”