Get involved in the SKY TRY rugby league programme with Coventry Bears.

Sky Try is all about helping more children enjoy Rugby League nationwide. It’s a ground breaking new partnership initiative between the RFL, Sky and the Rugby League Foundations. Sky Try is the biggest ever programme of Rugby League opportunities in primary and secondary schools and is helping 700,000 more children and young people have fun, get active, grow in confidence and enjoy Rugby League.

The Sky Try campaign inspires children and young people through professional Rugby League clubs and major Rugby League events. Sky Try is changing the future of Rugby League by giving hundreds of thousands of children and young people a high quality introduction to the sport and helping them to find more playing local opportunities – from school teams to local community clubs and the award-winning talent pathway.

There are four main parts of the Sky Try programme, each with specific targets.

Sky Try Primary Rugby League:

Targets primary schools around Coventry and is focused on 8-9 year olds (Key Stage 2). Each primary school receives a minimum of 5 weeks consecutive coaching, followed by a next steps event such as a special assembly or participation festival. All primary teachers in the Sky Try project are offered continuing professional development (CPD) to enable them to continue to promote Rugby League as an activity in their school. The Foundations work with the local clubs to help upskill coaches at Primary Rugby League age groups through coach development CPD.

Sky Try local school competition and player development:

Targets secondary school boys to play Rugby League, either for the first time or to assist in providing more regular opportunities for students at Key Stage 3 (year 7 – 9 boys) to play. Sky Try offers CPD workshops for secondary school teachers and community coaches of U12-U14 to help young players stay and succeed in Rugby League.

Sky Try Play Touch:

Targets Girls at Key Stage 3 and 4 (12 – 15). During a 6 week Touch Rugby League workout project the focus is on fun activity and growing confidence.

Big Games Bigger:

Sky Try participants receive unique opportunities to take part at major events from Super League games to Magic Weekend and Summer Bash. The inspiration of professional Rugby League players and clubs is helping grow the number of children, young people and family spectators at club matches and RFL major events.

At the beginning of March, according to RFL figures, 270 people participated in the sport of rugby league in Coventry. This includes open age amateur teams as well as the two university teams in the region. Within this figure it was clear that there was a need to develop players of a younger age as there were no recorded instances of rugby league being delivered in schools.

The past 10 months have now seen that figure increase dramatically. So far eleven schools have taken up the sport with the support of Bears in the Community and the Sky Try programme. A further twelve have expressed an interest in adding the sport to their curriculum.

This is a major increase within the city as it leads to 23 schools taking part in rugby league either through the Coventry Bears delivering in the school or through attending Teacher CPD days which will allow them to deliver independently. The most staggering figure of this growth is that the increase in number of people participating in rugby league sessions has increased from the aforementioned 270 to nearly 1,500 since we began the programme.

With further schools to participate in the programme it is likely that this number will increase even further as more children come to enjoy the sport of rugby league.

Find out more about Sky Try

To find out more about how your school can receive the SKY TRY programme, please email: