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  2. Having recently left the Rams to join Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Community Coach James Stephenson took time out of his schedule to reflect on his time at the Tetley's Stadium. Stephenson, who is the son of 1973 Champion Nigel, made the switch following a reduction in funding allocated to Championships clubs. James will undoubtedly continue to go from strength to strength as a Community Coach with his new employers, but he admits that he leaves the Rams with a heavy heart. "I am sad to leave Dewsbury Rams, but I will continue to support the club, and will be watching closely this season," he said. "I have made some great friends here over the last few years, but I am now looking forward to my next chapter as I move to Wakefield, and I am excited to be taking on a new challenge at Super League level." Having joined the Rams in 2010, Stephenson spearheaded a number of exciting initiatives as Community Coach, including the Play Touch Rugby League programme, which has broken new ground in the Heavy Woollen area. "The Play Touch Rugby League programme is targeted at people aged 16 and over with the intention of getting them playing on a more regular basis. The standard we were set was to get people playing the game at least 20 weeks out of every year. That’s what we were aiming for and our frequency rates have been pretty good, in fact, according to the RFL, they’ve been exceptional. And, even though the target was 20, we’ve actually given our players 30 weeks. It’s more than is required, but we think it’s a very good thing. "We’ve had over 300 participants in the Play Touch Rugby League and 50% of those are regular players who come back time after time. Of that 300, 140 are players who’ve never taken part in the sport before, and it’s very satisfying to get those sort of people on board. It’s a national programme, which means every professional club in the country is trying to push this," Stephenson continued. "Clubs like Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos are doing very well, and really pushing it, but they are big clubs, with a large amount of resources. But at Dewsbury we are really punching above our weight for the resources we have." During his time with Dewsbury, James has worked as a part of a small but dedicated group, who have sought to connect with local people of all ages through the medium of Rugby League. "Last year there was myself, Michael Wainwright and Matty Nicholson. We’ve worked together in the schools and have hit about 1,200 kids in total. We have our own project called ‘Get Active with the Rams’, which last year was funded by the lottery. We didn’t get funding for it in 2012, but we tried to continue with the project were we can and have held some very successful and well attended ‘Get Active’ camps up here at Tetley’s Stadium. That’s targeted towards Primary schools and focuses on teaching kids about the importance of active lifestyles. We get them to understand how important it is to lead healthy lifestyles." And unsurprisingly, the job provides no shortage of inspiration. "I’ve been asked before what I find most satisfying about the job and it’s hard to answer that, as I get satisfaction from so many different aspects," said James. "There are two main parts to my job. One is to get more people involved in Rugby League, and the other is to get more people up to the Tetley’s Stadium on match days. We’ve had plenty of success at getting kids playing the game at school and eventually attaching to their local community club, which is fantastic. "But a real highlight would definitely have to be with Earlsheaton Technology College year seven boys team which reached the national quarter-finals of the Champion Schools competition, and also Bywell Juniors, whose year five/six team have won the West Yorkshire games for two consecutive years. We’re making them into players for life, so I guess that is one aspect that is particularly satisfying. The take up the game and continue with it, and that has to be at the top for me." But Stephenson saved the highest praise for those around him, noting in particular the strong relationship the Rams Community Team has enjoyed with local rivals Batley. "I think many don’t realise how much hard work goes in behind the scenes, and the benefits we get from the work that gets done - we’ve had a matchday attendance increase of around 100 per game, which hopefully reflects on our work in the community. There’s so much for people to do these days. It’s easy for parents to buy their kids an Xbox or a Playstation 3 and leave them in their bedroom for 12 hours a day. We’re up against it in that respect. But we've had a great friendship with Batley on the community side of things. The Play Touch Rugby League programme is run in partnership with the Bulldogs, and that partnership allows us to draw on more resources. "The two teams are great rivals on the field, we have been for more than 100 years, and long may that continue, but off the field there’s a real sense of camaraderie, and we do the best we can to work with each other. We come together for the benefit of our local community, and everybody at Batley is great to work with - they share our aspirations. It's been extremely satisfying and I'll miss working alongside my colleagues at the Bulldogs. "I also enjoyed working alongside Warren Jowitt while he was at the club, and latterly with Glenn following his appointment. "But more than anything, I'll miss working for Dewsbury, and would like to reassure supporters that I remain a big fan of the club. Here's to a great 2013 for the Wildcats and the Rams!" Media Manager Dewsbury Rams
  3. The Rugby League Varsity Match 8th March 2013 Honourable Artillery Company, London Rugby League Legend Paul Sculthorpe MBE to be guest speaker at Varsity Match Paul Sculthorpe, one of rugby league’s most celebrated players, is to be the guest speaker at this year’s Rugby League Varsity Match. The game between the Dark Blues of Oxford and the Light Blues of Cambridge is taking place on 8th March at the Honourable Artillery Company in central London. Sculthorpe is one of Great Britain and England’s most capped players, is a regular pundit for the BBC, Commercial Manager for St Helens RFC and provides the benefit if his experience on the field in training and development camps, and off the field in corporate leadership seminars. Known as Scully, he made 325 Super League appearances for Warrington Wolves (78) and St Helens (247) and is one of the few players to have scored 100 tries and 100 goals in Super League. He has appeared in the Super League Dream Team three times and was named Man of Steel in 2001 and 2002, the first player to receive the back-to-back accolade. He became a World Club Champion in 2001 and 2007 with St Helens RFC and captained the side to Challenge Cup victory in 2004. A regular in Challenge Cup and Super League champion sides in the late 1990s and 2000s, Paul has winners’ medals from 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. A truly global rugby league star, Scully became the face of Gillette during 2003 – 2006. He regularly takes part in ‘ultra’ sporting events for various charities, including the Steve Prescott Foundation. He was awarded the honour of MBE the 2013 New Year's Honours List, for his services to Rugby League and to charity. On making the announcement, Sculthorpe said “With the new look and feel of the event, plus its central London location, I think the Varsity Match has an important place in the rugby league calendar and I am delighted to be a part. “I’m fortunate to be able to use my experience to give something back to the game. I regularly discuss leadership and development with businesses throughout the UK, and the Varsity Match, with the teams from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, is a great way for captains of industry and City boys to experience rugby league. As well as speaking during the event, Scully has offered a number of training days and corporate leadership seminars to the Varsity Match which will be auctioned during the hospitality lunch, tickets for which are available at -ENDS-
  4. London Broncos sign nine of the last season's U16 Scholarship Scheme to continue their progression towards the Super League. Joe Keyes, Stand off (Medway Dragons + Brentwood Eels) Elliott Barnes, Prop (Medway Dragons) Harry Griffiths, Centre (Elmbridge Eagles) Richard Harris, Full Back (Medway Dragons) Arnie Carter, Hooker (Staines Titans) Toby Everett, Back Row (Greenwich Admirals) Dapo Awofolu, Wing (Medway Dragons + Brentwood Eels) Olly Toms, Back Row (Hemel Hempstead Stags) Kain Monks, Loose Forward (Staines Titans) Joe Keyes has for the past two seasons been part of the England Youth program and scored a 60m try in their victory over Wales in the Summer. With Richard Harris, Harry Griffiths and Toby Everett towering already at a minimum height of 6ft 3 offering real physical presence. Olly Toms a wide running back rower is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Hemel old boys Kieran Dixon and Dan Sarginson. Arnie Carter and Kain Monks as well as playing for Staines both attended Feltham Community College which has been a real hotbed for Rugby League with Olsi Krasniqi currently representing them in first grade. Elliott Barnes and Dapo Awofolu were part of Medway's successful London Junior League U16 team which won both the Challenge cup and Grand Final. Head of Youth Phil Jones said: "These lads are a really exciting group and some of them attracted great interest from clubs in the North. "It is a great credit to themselves, their Parents and the London Junior League Clubs the level of performance they are already at. It also reflects well on the investment the Club and David Hughes has made in the Scholarship program. However all the boys know this is the start of the next part of a really tough journey which will lead some of them to first grade." Media and PR London Broncos Rugby League

    Now that next seasons strips are slowly appearing in time for Christmas, how about sticking your teams new kit on one thread for comparison/ perusal/comments. Gateshead Thunder Widnes Workington Town
  6. Leigh Centurions' annual awards night last Friday was the culmination of what has been a great season for the Centurions. The event was very well attended, and was enjoyed by all. The following awards were given: Coach's Player Of The Year: Award shared by Martyn Ridyard and Stuart Littler. Young Player of The Year: Greg McNally. Players' Player of The Year: Stuart Littler. Clubman of The Year: Sean Fairhurst. Additionally Frank Taylor, who was Clubman of The Year in 2011 was granted honoury Life Membership to Leigh Centurions.