Former Great Britain Forward and Sport England Sporting Championg Paul Broadbent came to Wellfiedl School For the 3rd Time Last week to deliver Rugby League to the every growing Peterlee Pumas Satalite Club. When Paul originally came to the seession back in June, the new club had just 9 players regularly attending, this grew to 15 by the following week. Now the Satalite has over 30 members, regularly reaching attendances around to 25, to 27 mark.
Wellfields Head of P.E. Graeme Smith Said, "The pupils at Wellfield have benefited greatly from the regular coaching provided by the Peterlee Pumas, and we have had several pupils go on to play for the club. The satellite club has had 2 visits from Paul Broadbent, the ex Great Britain and England forward, passing on his skills and sharing his experiences with our pupils. These visits have inspired our pupils to want to do better and commit to playing sport, in particular, rugby league. The sessions, led by Rob Laverick and supported by ex-Wellfield pupil Boawe Rankin, have proved very popular with, particularly with our Year 7 pupils."
Paul Broadbent said, “It was a fantastic experience for me to attend this exciting satellite club run by Peterlee Pumas. I was pleased to see the enthusiasm of all the young people in attendance and I really enjoyed motivating them by telling them about my own experiences of proudly representing Great Britain and England in rugby league. In my role as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I felt proud and privileged to raise the aspirations of everyone attending. I hope that by working alongside the Peterlee Pumas at this satellite club, I have motivated the young participants to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be and to make sport a habit for life.”
The clubs Coaches also benefited from the visits, the fact that we can get someone who has played at the highest level of Rugby, in challenge cup finals, world cup finals, who has represented England and Great Britain several times is absolutely great. The potential for Rugby League is huge and to be able to show that the sport and the stars of the sport care enough to come and deliver and both pass on their knowledge and experience to not only the kids but the Pumas coaches also is another big step forwards for the Sport of Rugby League in the area. The club hopes to be able to get into the other schools both primary and secondary and continue to spread the game to more and more people.
Most importantly, the players are enjoying it and learnign immensley and lots of good feed bak from Pupils backs up the ever increasing numbers at the sessions.
I really enjoy the satellite club at Wellfield School. The coaches have helped me build my confidence up with rugby playing and meeting new people. The satellite club is helping me to stay fit and I look forward to going each week.
Thomas Stafford Year 10
I really enjoy playing rugby for the Satalite club which has now improved my sporting ability and has encouraged me to play for Peterlee Pumas u14s.
Ethan Bye Year 8