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Foundation boost for London Rugby League

Yesterday, 02:43 PM

Rugby League in London has been given a huge boost with the setting up of the London Rugby League Foundation to drive development of the game in the capital.

The main aim of the charitable trust is to grow the number of people involved in the game from players and volunteers to spectators. It will support the Rugby League community in and around London, increase the talent pool and raise the profile of the sport.

A range of trustees, with a passion for developing the sport in the South East, have been appointed, with a great mix of skill and experience across Rugby League, community sport and business.

RFL chairman Brian Barwick, who will chair the Foundation, said: “There is some terrific work being done in London and the South East to develop the great sport of Rugby League. The creation of the London Rugby League Foundation is a further positive step forward.”

Dan Steel, the former RFL National Clubs Manager, has been appointed director of the Foundation and is excited about his new role. “There is a genuine passion for the sport within the Rugby League community in London,” he said.

“There is a small but passionate community of volunteers in London and the South East that have done an outstanding job developing the sport, over the last decade.”

“The Foundation will support those volunteers in driving further growth in the game, but also deliver projects to improve skills, health and wellbeing within the wider Rugby League community.”

The Foundation will be a delivery partner of the new Sky Try initiative launched in February, which will see thousands of children receiving the opportunity to play Rugby League through delivery in schools and community clubs.

This will build on a strong history of community development in London which has had historic support from the RFL, a fantastic commercial partner in Hard Rock Cafe London, and more recently the Mayor of London.

Welcoming this announcement, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I’m delighted that the RFL and its partners are investing in London through this new Foundation. Through work in schools and community clubs, it will help to get thousands of young people more active and will hopefully give them an interest in sport which will carry on throughout their lives.

“It is also fantastic to see that volunteering will form an important part of the Foundation and continue the volunteering legacy we kick-started during the 2012 Olympics in clubs all over the capital.”


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Pick up a programme this Saturday

Yesterday, 09:24 AM

Pick up the latest version of the London Broncos programme this Saturday at The Hive for an exclusive interview with Londoner Joel Wicks.

Also in this issue we have an exclusive feature length interview with Super League general manager Blake Solly, we have the latest news and a look at our opposition for the day along with captain’s comments and thoughts of chairman David Hughes.

You can purchase a programme on Saturday from programme sellers outside the ground.

Saturday 28th March
London Broncos vs Halifax RLFC, Kick-off 3pm, The Hive


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Henderson appointed London Broncos head coach

26 March 2015 - 02:14 PM

London Broncos Rugby League is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Henderson as the club’s new head coach with immediate effect.

Henderson, 35, who has been interim head coach since Joey Grima left the club for family reasons, will oversee the team for the first time in his full capacity as head coach this Saturday as the Broncos face Halifax RLFC at The Hive (kick-off 3pm).

The club were impressed with Henderson’s long term vision for the Broncos and the way he handled stepping up to the interim coach role at short notice. Danny Ward has stepped up into the assistant coach role, and he will combine the role with his existing commitment as U19s Academy head coach.

Andrew Henderson said: “The role has come earlier than expected but I don’t think there’s ever a right time to become head coach, it’s more when the right opportunity is presented. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me here at the London Broncos.

“I believe the current squad has a lot of unfilled potential and I’m hoping my staff and I will see the best of the squad in the coming weeks and months.

“My job now is to improve the confidence and belief of the current players within the squad to deliver better performances as a team and to continue to strengthen the squad moving forwards.

“Part of my vision is to continue the development of London based players and build the future around our kids, I’ll also look to work closely with our general manager Jason Loubser to improve and strengthen our infrastructure within the club for the long term. We need to earn the right to be back in Super League and build the club accordingly.”

Henderson joined the club in the off-season as assistant coach under Grima from the Sheffield Eagles where he played since 2010 and worked with the first team, academy and youth teams. He previous played for Salford City Reds, Castleford Tigers, Gateshead Thunder, Barrow Raiders and Balmain Tigers in a professional career spanning 14 years.

London Broncos face Halifax RLFC this Saturday 28th March (kick-off 3pm).
For tickets visit www.venuetoolbox.com/londonbroncos and use ‘EARLYBIRD-HALIFAX’ for 20% off adult tickets. You can also see the game in style, Members can upgrade to hospitality for just £20 (usual price £40) Email commercial@londonbroncosrl.com for further information, or you can book at www.londonbroncosrl.com/commercial/hospitality/.


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Henderson names 19-man squad to face Halifax

26 March 2015 - 02:10 PM

Head coach Andrew Henderson has named his squad for Saturday’s Kingstone Press Championship game against Halifax RLFC at The Hive (kick-off 3pm).

Included in the squad is Tom Gilmore who returns having been unavailable for last week’s Challenge Cup game, while Harvey Burnett retains his place in the squad for this weekend having made his debut last week.

19-man squad (corporate/personal sponsors)
25 HARVEY BURNETT
17 ERJON DOLLAPI
14 BRAD DWYER
23 TOBY EVERETT
3 BEN FARRAR
15 MATT GARSIDE
28 TOM GILMORE
11 DANIEL HARRISON
5 BEN HELLEWELL
19 JOE KEYES
12 RHYS LOVEGROVE
20 ILIESS MACANI
4 WES NAIQAMA
9 RAY NASSO
29 JAMIE THACKRAY
22 OSCAR THOMAS
18 JON WALLACE
21 JOEL WICKS
2 RHYS WILLIAMS

Saturday 28th March
London Broncos v Halifax RLFC 3pm @ The Hive

For tickets visit www.venuetoolbox.com/londonbroncos and use ‘EARLYBIRD-HALIFAX’ for 20% off adult tickets. You can also see the game in style, Members can upgrade to hospitality for just £20 (usual price £40) Email commercial@londonbroncosrl.com for further information.


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Slyney: We need to take advantage of home form

25 March 2015 - 12:35 PM

Co-captain Nick Slyney says the home form is vital for his side as they look to make it three-from-three at home this Saturday with the visit of Halifax to The Hive.

Currently sidelined through injury, Slyney told the London Broncos matchday programme:

“We’re back here at home where we’ve won both of our previous games. I’m sure it’s a goal of every club to win their home games, but more so for us being the only southern team with every other team having to travel down to us. If we can take advantage of that and win every home game that will go a long way to helping us.”

Slyney also provides an update on his injury and how he helps the players at training:

“It’s been three weeks since I had surgery and I see the surgeon again next week. I’m still a couple of months until I’m back. It’s tough being on the side-lines, I get very frustrated that I can’t be out there on the field helping the boys. I try and show the boys some leadership and give them self-confidence at training.”

London Broncos face Halifax RLFC on Saturday 28th March (kick-off 3pm), for tickets visit www.venuetoolbox.com/londonbroncos and use ‘EARLYBIRD-HALIFAX’ for 20% off adult tickets. You can also see the game in style, Members can upgrade to hospitality for just £20 (usual price £40) Email commercial@londonbroncosrl.com for further information, or you can book www.londonbroncosrl.com/commercial/hospitality/.


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