Sheffield Eagles to soar into schools

Sheffield Eagles and Sheffield City Council have joined forces to boost Rugby League in the City Schools. At the lauch at Hillsborough Sports Arena Eagles Mark Aston and players along with City Counciller Isobel Bowler,Cabinet Member for Sport & Leisure joined youngsters from Hillsborough Hawks Juniors
Sheffield Eagles and Sheffield City Council have joined forces to boost Rugby League in the City Schools. At the lauch at Hillsborough Sports Arena Eagles Mark Aston and players along with City Counciller Isobel Bowler,Cabinet Member for Sport & Leisure joined youngsters from Hillsborough Hawks Juniors
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Sheffield Eagles begin a new era at Owlerton Stadium this month - and will kick off a project to introduce rugby league to up to 2,000 pupils in 40 city schools.

The club, left homeless when Don Valley Stadium shut down in September, has received a £45,000 council grant to ease the transition to its new base and support its activities.

A key objective now will be to get more young people playing the game, with 15 new schools competitions and a programme of festivals and holiday camps.

The Junior Eagles will also be given extra backing through the development of new coaches and volunteers.

The Eagles faced double trouble when they lost their ground and saw their successful community programme put at risk when the Rugby Football League axed funding following a reduction in its grant from Sport England.

They already had successful coaching and education programmes in schools but have now agreed a broader commitment to the community.

Club spokesman Ian Anniss said: “Six months ago, despite our successes both on and off the pitch, the club was facing a bleak future with no ground and the likelihood that we might have to close down our award winning community team.

“But we are very committed to what we do in Sheffield and have risen to the challenge and worked hard to create a new future.

“The council has shown great faith in us and was equally determined to see us survive and thrive. They have helped us in the search for a new ground, offering support and advice and have invested in our community programme to help us re-establish a sound financial base for the future.”