The Castleford and District Junior Rugby League Cup Draw was held at Castleford Tigers for the first time on Tuesday evening.
Almost 100 players, coaches and their families packed into the WSTS Suite at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle to watch the draw, with Tigers' Head Coach Daryl Powell drawing the home teams and Tigers' Academy International player Will Maher drawing the away teams.
Teams from the under 12s, under 13s, under 14s and under 15s age groups found out who they would face and what their potential route will be on the way to the finals which will be played at the Tigers' Mend-A-Hose Jungle in September.
Mick Shepherd, Chairman of the Cas and District Junior RL said: "The history of the competition within the local rugby league community goes back many, many years and whilst it has always been an important part, we've seen a decline in numbers over the last couple of years.
"We need more kids playing overall; we're OK at the younger age group, but the numbers drop off when it gets to under 13s, under 14s and under 15s. It's important that we try to do something to raise the profile and increase participation numbers.
"We spoke to Castleford Tigers' CEO, Steve Gill and the Head of Youth Performance, Pete Riding to see if they could help to give it a boost to regenerate interest and we're grateful to them for hosting the draw and finals.
"The finals being played down at Castleford is a massive incentive for the children - they can see that there is a real prize at the end of it."
Castleford Tigers' Head of Youth Performance, Pete Riding said: "It was a real pleasure to see an excellent turnout at the draw as it shows that there is still a real appetite for what is an important competition for junior rugby league in the area.
"We're proud to be able to offer a platform for the competition to grow and we're really looking forward to staging some exciting finals at our home later this year.
"It's important that we continue to build ongoing relationships with our community clubs. We're fortunate to be in an area which has a lot of talented young players and strengthen the bonds between us will hopefully see more of those players have aspirations to play for Castleford Tigers in the future."
Tigers' Head Coach, Daryl Powell said: "There are some good ties in the draw which should produce a number of excellent and competitive games of rugby league.
"We wish all of the teams the best of luck in the cup and I'd encourage members of the community to go and watch some of the action, including what will no doubt be a really good finals day.
Featherstone Lions v Lock Lane
Kippax v Methley
Fryston v Cas Panthers
Kippax/Methley v Sherburn
Featherstone Lions/Lock Lane v Fryston/Cas Panthers
Featherstone Lions v Kippax
Lock Lane v Cas Panthers
Cas Panthers v Featherstone Lions
Featherstone Lions, Methley, Cas Panthers
Kellingley v Lock Lane
Featherstone v Methley
Kellingley/Lock Lanes v Cas Panthers
Pictured below is the crowd packed in to the WSTS Suite to watch the Cas & District Junior Cup draw.
Pictured below is Tigers Academy International player Will Maher drawing the away teams.
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