England Rugby League legend set to inspire youngsters
at satellite club in County Durham
Former England rugby league star Paul Broadbent is set to provide inspiration to youngsters in a satellite club this month that is taking place at Wellfield Community School in Wingate, County Durham.
Satellite clubs are outposts of existing community sports clubs based on school or college sites to ensure that more young people have the opportunity to continue to take part in sport as they transition from school to community sport.
They look to help grow the number of 11-25 year olds taking part in sport for at least 30 minutes every week, as well as to reduce the number of young people dropping out of sport.
The development of satellite clubs is overseen by Sport England, who are working in partnership with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and County Sport Partnerships (CSPs) by investing over £49 million of Lottery funding in them between 2012-17.
Paul, who represented Great Britain and England in his stellar rugby league career, will be visiting a Satellite club at Wellfield Community School on 4th and 11th June (4pm – 5pm) in his capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champions.
The satellite club will be run by the local Peterlee Pumas Rugby League Club as they look to help the young people in attendance transition from the school to community sport and community sport clubs.
Paul explained that he is excited about attending the session in order to help the young people participating raise their own aspirations.
Paul said: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting satellite club at Wellfield Secondary School.
“Satellite clubs are a fantastic way of helping to get more young people playing sport so cannot wait to attend.
“I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I can inspire everyone in attendance to raise their own aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”
Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: “It is great to see sport development partnerships working with Wellfield Community School to create a brand new satellite club where young people can come and try out rugby league.
“Our satellite clubs initiative is all about creating new and appealing opportunities to help young people make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”
Sport England will offer every secondary school in the country the opportunity to host a satellite club with the aim of creating 4,000 new satellite clubs by 2017.
At the heart of every satellite club is an established community sports club that will be working with their NGB who, with the support of their County Sport Partnership, will establish an extension of its club in a host school or college.
At the core are the young people who take part and we are focused on the development of those young people through sport and community club activity.