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Archbishop Temple School welcomes Rugby League World Cup Trophies

Posted on - 9th October, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Fulwood, Preston Council, Preston News, Preston North End, Sharoe Green, Sport, What's On in Preston
Chaplain Andy and PE Teacher Alistair Gray, Ryan Alien from PNECET and Candice Lancaster from PCC Pic: Michael Porter Photography
Chaplain Andy and PE Teacher Alistair Gray, Ryan Alien from PNECET and Candice Lancaster from PCC Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Staff and pupils at Archbishop Temple Church of England High School were delighted to welcome the Rugby League World Cup Trophies into school. 

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 On Monday 3 October, the Men’s Cup Trophy, Women’s Cup Trophy and Wheelchair Cup Trophy took centre stage in the Fulwood school’s main hall

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The school rugby teams had the opportunity to see the Rugby League World Cup Trophies and find out a bit more about the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021), which will be held in England this year from Saturday 15 October to 19 Saturday 19 November.

Mr Gray, Teacher of PE, said: “This is very important for our pupils as it allows them to witness first hand three prestigious trophies.

“The Men’s Rugby League World Cup Trophy is the second oldest world cup trophy in the world.”

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Archbishop Temple Church of England High School Rugby Club
Archbishop Temple Church of England High School Rugby Club Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Over the past year, the trophies have crisscrossed the country on tour, even visiting Buckingham Palace. They have completed over 200 visits, stopping off at the seventeen host towns and cities of which Preston is one.

Preston will be hosting the Men’s Welsh Rugby Team for the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will be one of the most inclusive and diverse sporting events ever hosted in England, promoting the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions.

Mr Gray, said:  “It is a privilege for pupils from Archbishop Temple Church of England High School to be involved in promoting the Rugby League World Cup.”  

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“We are hoping to be able to watch the Men’s Welsh Rugby Team train at UCLan Sports Arena.”

Charlotte, a year seven pupil, said: “I love playing rugby, seeing the trophies in school is really exciting, it makes me want to go and watch a rugby match.”

Rose, in year seven, said: “I really enjoy playing rugby at Archbishop Temple, it is really inspirational to see the Women’s World Cup and to see women play rugby.”

Read more: Initiative to encourage Rugby League participation in Preston as World Cup tickets go on sale

Ryan Allen, Rugby League Development Officer from Preston North End Community and Education Trust, has been working with pupils, promoting rugby league at Archbishop Temple and giving pupils opportunities to play in rugby league teams and assist with training.

Preston North End Community and Education Trust has supported the formation of a new rugby league club in the city, the Preston and South Ribble Rabbitohs, which now has an under 13’s team.

Preston North End Community and Education Trust is working alongside Preston City Council, the Rugby Football League and the UCLan to develop participation and interest in rugby league ahead of the Rugby League World Cup.

For more information about the Rugby League World Cup 2021, visit the website.

To find out more about Preston North End Community and Education Trust’s Rugby League delivery, email: ryan@pne.com.

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