This season has seen another hugely successful series of events on and off the pitch for the community side of the club which culminated in five teams taking part in the mini half-time games at the final home game of the season.

As is tradition in the final home game of the season, we welcomed junior teams from across Yorkshire, who joined us on the pitch at the end of the game to celebrate the end of the season.  

The teams were Keighley, Cleckheaton, Pocklington, Selby and Moortown. The community team have worked with these clubs throughout the season as part of our club affiliation scheme and we are delighted they are able to join us today.

The launch of the ‘club affiliation’ scheme has seen over 20 clubs form around Yorkshire sign up to the free initiative which sees them able to access coaching from the clubs community staff, first team players and various other benefits. The affiliated clubs have had some great coaching sessions delivered for them over the season and have seen the juniors at the clubs really benefit from the scheme. The scheme will continue to be rolled out next season, with more clubs already showing an interest in signing up and becoming affiliated with Yorkshire Carnegie.
 
Match day activity has again proved very popular with rugby clubs across Yorkshire and this season 25 different rugby clubs have played on the pitch during the half-time period of the game.  Some of the clubs have been able to bring their whole junior section to the games and they have loved the fact that they can play on the same turf as some of their favourite Yorkshire Carnegie players and enjoy the atmosphere of a professional rugby game. Clubs have also really benefitted from the various pre-match coaching sessions which are held at our Kirkstall training ground, these have been attended by over 15 clubs, who have received coaching from various first team players over the season.
 
The successful rugby camp programme continues to thrive, with the residential camp that we run in August selling out last year and the other rugby camps that are held over the school holidays continuing to grow in numbers, illustrating the great product that is on offer at these camps.
 
Commenting on the season, Community Manager, Adam Blades said: “Once again we have tried to provide the rugby clubs within Yorkshire with as many rugby development opportunities as possible. Ranging from one off club coaching sessions, coaching the whole junior sections of the club, coach the coaches sessions, coaching festivals, an improved rugby camp programme, and the opportunity to take part in Yorkshire Carnegie match day activity has been at the forefront of our plans. The launch of the new club affiliation scheme allowed clubs to receive a more committed resource form ourselves and reap the benefits that this provides. We have worked with hundreds of boys and girls within the rugby clubs of Yorkshire this season and this will progress into the 2015-2016 season.”