I met Dan Steel Managing Director of the London Rugby League Foundation at the London Skolars v Wigan Capital Challenge in January. It was exciting to hear about the work being carried out in the London area and I plan to find out a whole lot more about it once I’ve finished my ‘day job’. The Foundation grew from the Harlequins Rugby League Foundation formed in 2009, it was later rebranded as the London Broncos in 2012.
It was recognised that the organisation had a larger role to play in London and the organisation was again rebranded to become The London Rugby League Foundation. The charitable trust aims to increase participation and engagement of rugby league in London and the surrounding counties. The Foundation has worked with www.bigplus.co.uk to produce a video featuring an up and coming London rugby league star, Aaron Sinclair. Aaron is a player at Brixton Bulls RLFC in Lambeth, and is an example of the passion the Foundation is seeking to instil in young Londoners for the sport. The full video is contained in the link below.
In 2016, the Foundation will work with 20 community clubs and deliver high quality coaching to over 5000 children in over 100 primary and secondary schools in and around Greater London. I look forward to learning a lot more about them!