Northern has supplied grassroots rugby teams in Cheshire, East Yorkshire, Merseyside and West Yorkshire with new kit and equipment to help improve the training experience for young players.
It follows a competition organised by the train operator earlier this year that saw over 4,000 people apply for support for their local club.
Some of the teams to benefit from the new kit and equipment – which includes steeden balls and bags, bibs, tackle shields, water bottles and cones – are:
- Capenhurst Junior Rugby (Chester, Cheshire)
- Halton Farnworth Hornets (Widnes, Cheshire)
- Beverley Braves (Beverley, East Yorkshire)
- West Hull (Hull, East Yorkshire)
- Clock Face Miners (St Helens, Merseyside)
- Brighouse Rangers (Brighouse, West Yorkshire)
- Fryston Warriors (Fryston, West Yorkshire)
- King Cross Park RLFC (Halifax, West Yorkshire)
- Stanningley AFRLC (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
Members of Stanningley AFRLC recently had the chance to meet two of their rugby heroes – Ash Golding from Huddersfield Giants and Sophie Robinson from Leeds Rhinos – and show off their new kit.
Stuart Taylor, head of commercial development at Northern, said:
“We’re always looking for ways to support the communities we serve.
“Rugby has a strong following among our customer base and the aim of this competition was to encourage more young people to take up the sport in their local area.
“Financial support for local sports groups can be tough – so for us to be able to provide them with new kit and equipment is something practical that will ensure more people have access to this great game.”
The train operator has now launched a follow-up competition for young people to create a piece of artwork that celebrates their favourite Super League moment.
The winning design will be displayed at the 2023 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford in October.
For more information and details of how to get involved, visit: https://game.northernrailway.co.uk/grand-final
Northern is a long-term supporter of Rugby Super League, working in partnership with rugby clubs across their network to ensure the sport is accessible for all.
Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.