Flying Futures is running a project at Outwood Academy Adwick as part of the Department for Education Opportunities Area project. Over the past several weeks our staff have been working with a select number of students developing skills in leadership and confidence.
As part of the programme on Thursday 16th May we took a group to watch their first Rugby League game, Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers. Where the group would get the opportunity to put some of their new skills into practise.
The team have been working closely with the SSSNetwork to bring in athletes to speak and work with the young people, looking at how hard work and commitment can lead to great things. SSSNetwork organised to have Luke Gale from Castleford Tigers speak with the group at half time and arrange a surprise for the start of the game.
On arriving at the Leeds Rhinos ground the group of young people were taken for a briefing to be informed it would be their responsibility to carry the Castleford Tigers flag onto the pitch whilst the teams walked out. A fantastic experience to part of with one participant saying “it was amazing and really cool to be so close to all the players”.
After the last firework the group had to mobilise quickly to get off the pitch with the flag and get ready for kick off. The first half saw the group watching Castleford Tigers score a try and ended with Luke Gale meeting the group for a chat and a photo opportunity at half time. The evening was a huge success and everyone who attended had a great time, with brilliant weather, snacks and celebrity spotting as well as watching Lukes team win the game.