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Rugby Football League launches #SkillToPlay initiative

Team Rugby League activities are on hold for a while. But as we wait for the action to restart, some of our Rugby League stars are sharing their skills with the next generation – and keeping everyone active and connected to the sport.

The Rugby Football League today launches *#SkillToPlay* online resources which showcase some of the game’s finest players and help children and young people to emulate the skills of their heroes.

Freely available via rugby-league.com and Our League, *#SkillToPlay* inspires children through a range of exciting skills and drills, including how to touchdown like the Tommies (Johnstone and Makinson), and run like Regan Grace.

At the heart of the *#SkillToPlay* programme are resources to help young players discover the freedom and confidence to try new ideas and express themselves through ‘free play’.

And there are great prizes on offer for the best and funniest videos submitted using the *#SkillToPlay* hashtag.

RFL Director of Participation and Development, Marc Lovering says:

“Right now, physical activity and keeping fit is more important than ever. And for regular young Rugby League players, and those just starting in the sport, it’s an opportunity to develop skills and learn new ones before the action starts up again.

“So, if you’re spending more time at home, and if you feel well enough, there’s loads of free online Rugby League resources for everyone, and some great prizes to win. You’ll feel better for it, you’ll be a better player for it – and it’s a lot of fun too.

“I’m looking forward to seeing players with ball in hand, taking some ownership of their own development, and becoming free thinking and expressive players for life. Having young people adopt the ‘Move to Play’, ‘Think to Play’ and ‘Live to Play’ mantra will really bring *#SkillToPlay* to life.

“Some of the game’s best players are getting involved, so come on young players – show Rugby League stars just how good *you *are!”

Phil Smith, Director of Sport, Sport England:

“*#SkillToPlay* is a great way for young Rugby League players to keep active and stay connected to their sport with all the physical and mental health benefits that brings.

“This is a very welcome initiative by the RFL. We want to ensure we face the unprecedented coronavirus crisis together and do everything we can to avoid a negative impact on the nation’s physical activity levels. Keeping active provided you’re well enough is key for all of us.”

With all community game activity suspended including training, the RFL is making more Rugby League learning, development and confidence resources available online to help coaches and clubs, and parents and children, remain engaged with the sport during this difficult time for everyone.

Other content will include an archive of classic games to watch together, and mental fitness resources for adults and for children and young people. All free, all for everyone.

*#SkillToPlay* is available at www.rugby-league.com/skill_to_play and on Our League.

Sport England has published handy, easy to follow exercise ideas for people staying at home on its website at www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home

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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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