Active Humber have formed a partnership with Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull FC and the University of Hull to increase participation in rugby league in Hull and East Riding.
Sport England have provided the four partners with funding to create rugby league opportunities that are suitable for young people of any ability. The project will also be monitored by the charity Rugby League Cares to provide insight and impact for continued participation and engagement.
Female sessions for all ages will teach participants touch and tag rugby, making the sport accessible, inclusive and fun. Other sessions will be aimed at the social side of sport encouraging participants to get involved to meet new people or come along with current friends. The third strand of sessions will tap into the competitive side of rugby league, bringing participants into a tournament, providing club exit routes for those who might want to move onto the professional game.
FC coach Lee Radford spoke to Active Humber about the partnership and said: "it goes without saying, there's a rivalry between the two clubs, but I think for the good of the game, getting kids involved and getting adults back involved in the game, you know we're all united in rugby league".
KR coach James Webster said: "the two professional clubs have a big reach, we can get to plenty of supporters and with Active Humber becoming part of it, they can give the technical side so we can reach as many as possible. The great part of rugby league is that it's an inclusive sport; no matter your shape, your size or your sex; you can participate in rugby league".
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