On Sunday 13th November, 250 school children from 17 primary schools across Greater London took part in the Four Nations Sky Try festival. The festival was organised by the London Rugby League Foundation to help engage the local community in the Four Nations test match between England and Australia.
The festival was played out throughout the morning of the match, after which the children and teachers took part in a lap of honour around the stadium, before the teams took to the pitch for the decisive match. Whilst the match didn't go the right way for England fans, the kids had a fantastic time:
Natasha Robertson from Margaret Roper Catholic Primary School in Croydon commented "I just wanted to say yesterday was such a fantastic experience for children and even myself. It was so well organised and everyone was helpful. Many of the parents have said what a fantastic day it was."
Teacher, Dean Scott, from St Lukes Primary School in Newham said "It was an excellent occasion for us all and the children had such a good time. It's really opened their eyes to a sport they would not have considered previously. Thank you making this such a great event for the children."
In 2017, the Foundation will expand its work on the Sky Try project in Newham, aiming to deliver tag rugby league coaching in 15 primary schools in Newham, directly connected to community club Newham Dockers. The aim is to help the Newham Dockers set up a new primary rugby league section for Under 9s in 2017.
The full list of schools that took part is as follows: Margaret Roper (Croydon), St Michael's (Haringey), St Luke's (Newham) St Joseph's (Croydon), Cyril Jackson (Tower Hamlets), St Stephen's (Newham), Britannia Village (Newham), Blenheim (Leigh-on-Sea), Curwen (Newham), Hitherfield (Lambeth), St James (Newham), St Edwards (Newham), Greenways (Southend), Sandringham (Newham), St Anthony's (Newham), Sheringham (Newham) & New City (Newham).
The Foundation would like to thank The RFL, Newham Council, and the London Stadium for their support to enable the event to take place.