The City of Hull and District Rugby League (COHDRL) will host the youth games, starting this Saturday, together with partners including Hull City Council, to raise awareness of black contribution for October’s Black History Month, and celebrate and promote youth achievement in the sport of Rugby League.
All games will be played at the Sewell Group Craven Park stadium and will showcase the fantastic youth talent that take part in local Rugby League championships. Each match being an East Hull vs West Hull set up with the first game on offer being the Venture Smith East V West U11’s Cup on Saturday (1 October).
Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Mike Ross said: “I am delighted Hull City Council is able to support such a fantastic grassroots event as the East v West rugby league youth games. It is an important year for Hull, where we are building up to hosting three fantastic Rugby League World Cup games, which we hope will not only inspire residents to get behind the British teams, and our host team Fiji, but also inspire the youth of Hull to achieve their rugby league dreams!”
“Not only does this event promote grassroots rugby league in Hull but it also raises awareness of two incredibly important causes that Hull City Council full support – Black History Month and the ‘Tackle It’ Campaign.”
The partnership also includes the city’s two Super League clubs Hull KR and Hull FC, Back to Ours, Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Hull University WISE (Wilberforce Institute of Slavery and Emancipation).
Rob Wilson, Academy Pathways Coordinator for Hull Kingston Rovers said: “COHDRL fully support Black History Month and the Tackle It Campaign. The six games, East v West, over the three game days at Sewell Group Craven Park, at six different age groups from Under 11 to Under 16, will give children, both boys and girls, with a wide range of backgrounds in the local community an opportunity to showcase their talent at a young age.”
Other games include the Clive Sullivan East V West U12’s and will be played over the next two weekends with 10am and 11.30am kick off times, and no pre-booking required. Entry is £3 on the gate and £1 for U16’s and OAP’s, and includes a 16-page souvenir programme.