The Sky Try Programme
The Sky Try programme aims to ‘make a difference by increasing the amount of viewers, spectators and participants to Rugby League. The RFL view this as a great opportunity to develop and grow the sport by ensuring all projects adopt the following principles:
- Drive long term growth through outcomes and impact
- Uniform product delivery and monitoring
- Accountability throughout the programme
- Start of the journey’ towards governance excellence
- Used to develop academic research to help access further funding
The Sky Try Project
The Sky Try Programme has four distinct pillars as shown below which have specific targets and outcomes based on the guiding principles.
Sky Try Primary Rugby League: is delivery in a clusters of primary schools selected located around targeted community Clubs targeting 8-9 year olds (Key Stage 2). Each primary school will receive a minimum of 5 weeks consecutive coaching, followed by a recruitment event such as an assembly or participation festival. All Primary teachers in the Sky Try project will be offered CPD. Community Clubs will be selected to work as targeted partners for participation by the Sky Try deliverer. The Sky Try deliverers will work with these Clubs to help upskill coaches at Primary Rugby League age groups through running coach Development CPD, and actively recruit participants who have received delivery in the primary school.
Sky Try Local school competition and player development: is aimed at increasing local opportunities for secondary school boys to play Rugby League, either for the first time or to assist in providing more regular opportunities for students at Key Stage 3 (year’s 7 – 9 boys) to play. Linked to the competition delivery is the CPD workshops for secondary school teachers and community coaches U12-U14 that assist in further development of Rugby League and sustainability of the sport.
Sky Try Play Touch: is a 6 week touch workout project aimed at increasing the number of girls participating at Key Stage 3 and 4 (years 12 – 15) benefiting from an extraordinary participant experience.
Making the big games bigger: is targeted at increasing the number spectators at club matches and RFL major events through the Sky Try local projects. The seven year partnership with Sky is a great opportunity for Wigan Warriors Community Foundation to have a significant impact and make a difference in participation and improving Health & Wellbeing of the Local Community.
Embed the Pathway
‘Embed the Pathway’ is a coaching programme that aims to increase the number of quality 12- to 14-year-old Rugby League players through the education and training of specialist children’s coaches. Wigan Warriors Community Foundation would like to see every young player from 12 years old on the England Talent Pathway. Wigan Warriors provide an ideal environment to support all coaches, teachers and players in this process.
Coach Education Seminars
Wigan Warriors Community Foundation holds free Embed the Pathway coach education seminars every month. Guest speakers including Head Coach Shaun Wane, British Lions Coach, Brian Ashton and Assistant Coach Paul Deacon deliver a number of different presentations to community coaches and players. The evening sessions are held at Central Park (Montrose Avenue, Wigan, WN5 9XL). These presentations have proven to be very successful with outstanding numbers present for all sessions.
Embed the Pathway Futures Programmes
Wigan Warriors Community Foundation are now playing a vital role in ‘Embed the Pathway’ with the Warriors Future’s Programme rugby league development days for young rugby league players aged 11-14. Sessions take place during half-term holidays at Central Park with over 250 young people attending from all over the country. These days are designed to develop the player’s skills with the Warriors staff. Wigan Warriors performance staff are assisted by local community coaches, who are also helped by the Warriors coach CPD programmes.
10 week Futures programmes are also available throughout the year. The ten week programmes are aimed at helping player’s up-skill and improve. Players receive coaching from Wigan Warriors coaches along with expert help from Warriors first team players along the way.
Embed the Pathway Secondary Schools Programme
Wigan Warriors are leading the way with their ETP Secondary Schools Programme. Over 20 schools have been engaged in the programme along with over 30 teachers.
Secondary Schools Embed the Pathway is designed to support the development of Rugby League and athletes in general in the following ways:
- Encourage participation and a lifelong love of sport for both staff and learners
- Provide a greater range of talent ‘portals’ that can be accessed to widen participation in Rugby League and sport in general
- Move the focus away from talent identification and instead concentrate on talent development
- Upskill staff and provide them with pre planned lessons
- Increase the opportunities of athletes to transfer between sports
- Reduce the opportunities of overlooking talented athletes
All schools involved in the Wigan Warriors secondary schools programme are accredited with the “England RL Player Development Partner School” Certificate.