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I'm considering travelling over from Ireland at some stage this season to take my 7 year-old to see a game of "proper Rugby", as he puts it. Would anyone have any suggestions as to clubs that provide a better environment for youngsters? I'd even consider the Championship...

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Keighley Cougars. There is a strong Irish community in Keighley and I am sure that you would get a warm welcome. I'd even approach them and tell them that you are coming. You might even discover distant relatives if you are Irish.

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If you time it right you could also fit in a super league game. It depends on your 7 year olds attention span. If they could last then Magic Weekend at Newcastle would be good or the Summer Bash at Blackpool if they are still doing it

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York's pretty good these days. Plenty of youngsters go along.

Lots to see in the city, too. Top visitor attractions for kids include Chocolate, DIG and Jorvik.

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28 minutes ago, Hopping Mad said:

York's pretty good these days. Plenty of youngsters go along.

Lots to see in the city, too. Top visitor attractions for kids include Chocolate, DIG and Jorvik.

And it's free for under 16s.

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10 hours ago, Rhinoferg said:

If you time it right you could also fit in a super league game. It depends on your 7 year olds attention span. If they could last then Magic Weekend at Newcastle would be good or the Summer Bash at Blackpool if they are still doing it

A multi-game event might be a bit much for a lot of 7yo kids.

If it is going to be his first live experience, make it one game, and a big one in a full stadium. A Derby or a derby. :kolobok_wink: 


"Men will be proud to say 'I am a European'. We hope to see a day when men of every country will think as much of being a European as of being from their native land." (Winston Churchill)

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I'd suggest a Leeds game as the upgraded stadium is fantastic. I would also recommend a league one game if you can. Smaller crowds but very family orientated and a lot of clubs allow kids in for free. 

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Leeds, Warrington or Wigan.

If he is talking about 'proper' rugby, it sounds like he has been subjected to union in the past..... so i suggest one of the bigger clubs with bigger crowds so he gets completely hooked on RL.


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Warrington is a very good match day experience but probably can’t match the pre and post-match facilities (nice Pubs and restaurants) in the area that Headingley (Leeds) does...   it’s a very decent day out.

However, for access from overseas Warrington trumps it - the train from Manchester airport stops across the road from the Stadium and there are a good few Premier Inns and Travelodges in the town centre.

Wigan doesn’t even have a pier anymore so not much touristy stuff to do.   Shame as it used to be a great day out at the Victorian classroom on school trips.

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On 29/01/2020 at 23:14, CrushersForever said:

I'm considering travelling over from Ireland at some stage this season to take my 7 year-old to see a game of "proper Rugby", as he puts it. Would anyone have any suggestions as to clubs that provide a better environment for youngsters? I'd even consider the Championship...

   Do you have a date/month in mind,so I could check the fixtures over a particular weekend?

   Keighley Cougars has a family feel to their fixtures and an old fashioned stadium allowing access to all areas,and close to the action;with an option to seating or standing.

    Staying in the heartland offers the chance of taking in a few nights/days of games,at various clubs - as well as off-field interests.


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9 hours ago, Angelic Cynic said:

   Do you have a date/month in mind,so I could check the fixtures over a particular weekend?

   Keighley Cougars has a family feel to their fixtures and an old fashioned stadium allowing access to all areas,and close to the action;with an option to seating or standing.

    Staying in the heartland offers the chance of taking in a few nights/days of games,at various clubs - as well as off-field interests.

Already suggested Cougars!

Lol

Another test is if he still likes rugby league after watching Keighley he'll watch owt lol

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On 29/01/2020 at 23:14, CrushersForever said:

I'm considering travelling over from Ireland at some stage this season to take my 7 year-old to see a game of "proper Rugby", as he puts it. Would anyone have any suggestions as to clubs that provide a better environment for youngsters? I'd even consider the Championship...

Saints and it's your closest team, good stadium, dedicated family stands and good for glory hunting !

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