In Workington, (late 60's early 70's) I played union for the school (all we were allowed to play as PE teacher played for Netherhall ru,) union on Saturday afternoon for Workington Zebras and league on Sundays for Workington Boys club. When I was 16 I was taken to one side by the union coach (ooh er missus) and told that I had to decide which code I wanted to play as once I reached 17, if I continued to play league, I would be 'banned for life' from playing union. This was the norm then.
It was a bit more than promotion of RU actually, our head of PE would tell the pupils that they had to play for the school i.e. RU ahead of the local RL club and if the did not they would be banned from playing league, quoting some regulation that I don't remember anymore. I know ir's all lies now but at 11/12 its difficult tp believe a senior teacher would so blatently lie. Thankfully the RL club coach would always reassure that it didn't matter what anyone said he would still pick us if we wanted to play
As for league in schools, down here at St Albans we had a very, very keen RL development coach. At one point he had senior schools in Potters Bar, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and St Albans all playing against each other in various age groups. Schools were contacting him to come along and teach their pupils. Then junior schools began getting in touch and asking for training and games. We could have done with three development officers. Unfortunately local union clubs didn't like this and they began offering their services at schools as well (well, rugby is rugby to someone not in the know). Now our development officer has retrurned to Aus in August last year, and we are waiting to see if we will be getting another one with all the cut backs etc. In the mean time, there is very little league now in senior schools after all the good ground work already done. The Dev Oficer from Hemel helped out after ours left but I believe covering both areas was just too much.
The good news is that we have a minis set up that is doing sterling work with junior schools children at the moment (all volunteers).
Edited by Exiled Townie, 06 January 2013 - 02:11 PM.