West Leeds schools celebrate launch of rugby Super League season at Headingley


Schools from across West (and North) Leeds came together at Headingley Emerald Stadium to celebrate the launch of the new Super League Season, writes Jo Fiddes.

Pupils from Lower Wortley Primary at the launch.

The event itself gained national coverage, with news reports on Sky, BBC and ITV.

Teams from each school were paired with teams playing the in the Super League, and pupils were thrilled to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Super League Captains.

After meeting their sporting heroes, they then had the opportunity to play a series of friendlies against other schools on Headingley’s hallowed turf.  

Holy Family Primary pupils (blue) take on Armley’s St Bartholomew’s Primary at Headingley

Peter McQuillen-Strong, headteacher of Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Armley, said:

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – the children got to show their rugby skills both to the media and to the professional players. The fun tag rugby event was played with great sportsmanship and something we will all remember for a very long time.”

Children from Castleton Primary School have even more reason to remember this event.

Castleton Primary School pupils in Armley get ready for their big moment on Sky TV.

After being partnered with Toronto Wolfpack (pictured in the main photo at top of this page), they had a changing room opportunity to interview a rugby legend – Sonny Bill Williams.

Graham Jones PE lead at Castleton, said:

“The confidence the children showed both on the pitch and in the changing room when they interviewed one of the most famous rugby players in the world, was just amazing. A really proud moment for us all.”


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