Rugby League: Rochdale Hornets Foundation announce record week of success

Date published: 27 June 2019

The Rochdale Hornets Foundation has announced last week, 17 June to 21 June, as being their most successful in the foundation's history after reaching over 700 children.

The foundation engaged youngsters with fun and accessible rugby league coaching and games, at seven primary schools across the borough -  Littleborough Community Primary School, St Michael’s Primary School in Bamford, Sandbrook Community Primary School, St Luke’s Primary School in Heywood, Alice Ingham RC Primary, Holy Trinity Primary School and Harwood Park Primary School.

The foundation also visited Wardle Academy, as well as providing extra-curricular coaching aimed at kids and adults alike.

Foundation chairman Niel Wood said: “We visited schools as part of Sports & Fitness Week, which saw us pull out all the stops to engage as many kids as possible and bring the benefits of physical exercise and rugby league to as many young people as possible in the borough.

“We would like to put on record our thanks to all the teachers, staff and - of course - kids, who participated with such enthusiasm.


Rochdale Hornets Women


“We took over training for the Rochdale Hornets Women’s team, leading their sessions, as well as continuing with #BackOnside, our training group aimed at over-35 men. Our #BackOnside group meets on Wednesdays at 7pm at Soccer Factory and is one of the largest groups in the country, helping men who have drifted away from physical activity to re-engage with sport and meet a few new mates in the process.


Back Onside Phase 2


“This record number shows that the foundation is going from strength to strength and more and more young people are keen to give rugby league a go.

“Over the last few months, we have been strengthening our partnerships with various schools and community groups and offering more and more young people an opportunity to give rugby league a go.

“We hope we can keep this interest live; we are absolutely delighted and it will most definitely go down as our most successful week so far.

“Our staff are very committed and credit must also go to them for their drive and passion for the game and willingness to engage new people.”

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