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Leigh Launch Youth Development programme

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That's great news, shame the page doesn't tell us anymore info. 

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Leigh didn't have any youth developmentalready ?

Poor

 

 

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14 hours ago, Sco77 said:

That's great news, shame the page doesn't tell us anymore info. 

It appears to tell us Leigh are following all the other SL clubs and forming a "Foundation".

Kids in and around Leigh play at schools and there's a couple of great JARL clubs to join too, and the Foundations at all the SL clubs encourage support RL for youngsters in their areas.

This can't be an "Academy" and it doesn't say it anyway, Foundations are funded from SKY money and so Leigh have a responsibility to join in the system. 

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Really good going forward, well done Leigh. Doing the walk and the talk, nice one!

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On 18/02/2017 at 7:59 AM, The Parksider said:

It appears to tell us Leigh are following all the other SL clubs and forming a "Foundation".

Kids in and around Leigh play at schools and there's a couple of great JARL clubs to join too, and the Foundations at all the SL clubs encourage support RL for youngsters in their areas.

This can't be an "Academy" and it doesn't say it anyway, Foundations are funded from SKY money and so Leigh have a responsibility to join in the system. 

http://www.leighcommunitytrust.co.uk/

 

http://leighccf.org/

 

these have been doing a great job for a while Parky if that's what you mean?

 

 

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Well done Leigh, it's definitely the right way to go.

Tommy Sale was a wonderful man and he'd have been very proud to have this dedicated to his name.

Wakefield have paved the way with regards to Category 3 being an integral part of their youth pathway.

Theyve completely integrated it into their club with all their first year U19s players playing in the Category 3 team by way of transitioning them from Scholarship (U16s) into full Academy (U19s). From what I've seen they are coached and looked after 100% by Wakefield Trinity staff and even play in Trinity kit with all their home games being at Wakefield's stadium.

With the multi award winning Wakefield Community Foundation and the very successful Ambassador Club programme working with Community Clubs at all ages, Trinity just need a permanent Reserves team to boast the full house of junior pathways.

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How will Leigh lure youngsters away from Wigan, who will surely be first choice for any aspiring local  talent?

How will they put themselves in a position to beat other 'bigger ' clubs to the broader talent base?

Wish them well with this and hope it bears fruit in time.

 

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4 hours ago, AlexHaldane said:

How will Leigh lure youngsters away from Wigan, who will surely be first choice for any aspiring local  talent?

How will they put themselves in a position to beat other 'bigger ' clubs to the broader talent base?

Wish them well with this and hope it bears fruit in time.

 

Being in SL will undoubtedly help.

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I don't know a great deal about academy's or foundations or pathways etc but I do know when I was playing clubs had a colts and reserve team, and amateur clubs had 3/4 open age teams and under 17&19 plus each junior age group had a large squad. So if this increases local playing numbers, provides better coaching and opportunities inside or outside the game whilst helping keep players at their local clubs longer then it can only be good. Hopefully a run in SL will make the clubs proposition attractive to some of the better juniors

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14 hours ago, AlexHaldane said:

How will Leigh lure youngsters away from Wigan, who will surely be first choice for any aspiring local  talent?

How will they put themselves in a position to beat other 'bigger ' clubs to the broader talent base?

Wish them well with this and hope it bears fruit in time.

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I'm not sure they are luring anyone away?

If this is following the RFL/SL requirement, which is a requirement of the SKY money handed out for such development work, of setting up a foundation to encourage and support local junior ARL like Miners and Rangers then it has nothing to do with setting up academy teams. 

The smaller clubs like Fev and Fax set up academies and as you rightly say the bigger clubs had all the talent so it was a waste of time and money save for the exception to the rule Hardaker.

The paid responsibility here is £17,800,000 of SKY money to charitable foundations based on going into the community and encouraging kids to play and providing coaching and activities to assist this.

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10 hours ago, Bartholemew Smythe said:

Being in SL will undoubtedly help.

Whoosh...

Undoubtedly kids look for the big club.

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This will run in conjunction with the Academy and Reserves planned for 2018

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