As the end of the academic term comes to an end, Yorkshire Carnegie’s community department are celebrating another successful year working in schools.

The Yorkshire Carnegie Play Leaders scheme, which was introduced at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, has been a key part of the work the community staff to deliver and this year saw a number of schools from across Yorkshire take part. The aim was to improve play times by promoting teamwork and encouraging children to get active during their breaks.

The schools appointed a group of children from Years 4 to 6 to take responsibility for their play time sessions. The children have received training from Yorkshire Carnegie Community Coaches and then used this knowledge to provide activity stations for other children during break and lunchtimes.

The Play Leaders have received visits from Yorkshire Carnegie first team players, attended planning meetings and taken part in matchday activities during our home games this season.

Ireland Wood Primary School were one of the first schools to join the new scheme. Emma Hogarth, who has supported the children throughout, said: “I am very proud of the children, they have worked incredibly hard this year and are a credit to themselves.”

Lisa McCann, Yorkshire Carnegie Community Manager said: “I would like to thank all of the children who are graduating from this year’s programme, they have been a pleasure to work with and they have shown a maturity beyond their years. They are an inspiration to all and I know they have made an important difference at their schools”.

The programme will resume in September to coincide with the start of the new school year and the new rugby season.

For further information about the scheme, please contact