Partnership With Woodside School Helping Inspire Children to Lead Healthier Lifestyles

London Skolars Community Department have recently been working with local Haringey School Woodside Secondary to deliver a new After School Project which focuses on building a Healthy Body & Healthy Mind for the pupils.

Delivered across 3 different afternoons in the week, the project uses London Skolars core values and Rugby League as a vehicle to encourage the pupils to change certain aspects of their lifestyles to lead a healthier and happier life at home and at school.

Led by London Skolars Community Apprentice Aston Stephenson the afternoons are moulded around 3 Key Areas. Monday is focused on Rugby Skills & Values where the pupils are put through their paces and introduced to a new sport. Tuesday evenings are all about Athletic Development and the circuit sessions work on different aspects of athleticism that can be beneficial across lots of sports that many of the pupils participate in.

Thursday sees the pupils take part in the ‘Creative’ aspect of the week, which allows the London Skolars staff to really explore lots of different ways to open the pupil’s minds and get them to experience many different things. So far on the programme the pupils have taken part in a Spinning Class, completed a Yoga Session and partaken in a ‘Healthy Eating Class’ hosted by London Skolars sponsors Chiquen, in this session the pupils learnt about nutritional value of produce, how to cook healthier and what food they should look to avoid to keep themselves healthy.

Community Development Manager Matt Cuss spoke of the project and how delighted he was at the impact it was having on the pupils ‘we came up with the idea of the project a while back whilst looking at other ways we could use the London Skolars brand and values to have a positive impact upon our local Community, we approached a few funders and were lucky enough to work with Woodside to gain the funding required to deliver the project on such a large scale.’

Cuss continued ‘the numbers started fantastically and have gradually increased week on week, and the children’s reaction has been superb, they are enthusiastic, engaged and always excited to try the various activities that we have on offer to them. Everything that we have thrown at them they have jumped into with two feet and it’s been fantastic to see their reactions to the new activities that they would have never have had the chance to try before.’  Aston’s relationship with the children is wonderful, and the way in which he leads the sessions has had a direct impact upon the success and the numbers that we are attracting to the project. He is such a positive role model for the children and we hope that they are learning lots from his expertise.’

Projects like these really reinforce Skolars commitment to not just being a sports club, but also striving to be a local leader in providing interventions and opportunities for young people within Haringey and its surrounding boroughs, helping the young people to make changes to their lifestyle and have a positive effect within the community.

Club history was made this weekend down in Brighton as London Skolars fielded their first ever Women’s side.

It’s been part of the clubs plans for a while now to field a Ladies side and to really work hard to increase the inclusive nature of the club. Women’s Rugby League is a relative new concept in the South and apart from the successful Sussex Merlins side there is limited activity down here.

However, Skolars were impressed by the RFL’s plans around the women’s game, and being an organisation that likes to show innovation and initiative made enquiries into how we could make this dream a reality.

Haringey Rhinos Ladies, who are one of the biggest female rugby teams in the region, and based at New River were extremely receptive to the idea and Skolars felt there was a partnership there that was worth working with. Training begun and although small in number to begin with the ladies enjoyed the sessions and especially getting the chance to work with Head Coach Jenny Morris, one of the most experienced coaches in the region. Jenny having worked originally for the RFL, and now on the Coaching Team with the London Broncos Scholarship, was extremely keen to see the ladies concept work and has been instrumental in the formation and set up of the side.

Training had been building up each week and the ladies finally made their bow at the Brighton 9’s Festival this weekend where they faced opposition from Sussex Merlins and Castleford Panthers, two every experienced teams. The day was about far more than any rugby results however and it was just fantastic to see a ladies team wearing Skolars kit, and watching the club take another step forward in its development.

Community Development Manager Matt Cuss spoke of this fantastic event in the clubs history ‘we are really proud of the Ladies and how they represented us down in Brighton, it’s been an ambition of the club for a good while now to aim to for a female team and to finally see that happen this weekend was a great moment.

Cuss also praised the support of individuals in making this happen ‘thanks must really go to Haringey Rhinos Ladies in particular Aimee and of course Head Coach Jenny, without both of these individuals drive and willingness to support our ambition then we would not have even managed to get this project off the ground.’

It’s undoubtedly a positive start for the London Skolars ladies and the club will be working hard over the winter months to continue to develop this marvellous concept, continue to work with Haringey Ladies and look to take further steps forward next season.

Kingstone Press League 1 – 24 June 2017

London Skolars 10 Barrow Raiders 20


Skolars pushed third placed Barrow hard, but the defeat meant that they will have to win their last three game for a chance to make the top eight when the league splits into two in Mid-July.


Both sides forced goal-line drop outs early on, but it was Skolars that took the lead when player coach Jermaine Coleman slipped out a short to Lamont Bryan that opened up the defence. Jy-Mel Coleman added the conversion.


Skolars conceded a penalty close to their own line and the Cumbrians levelled the scores when Martin Aspinwall ducked underneath a tackle before passing to Oliver Wilkes, who scored under the posts, Lewis Charnock added the extras.


Skolars regained the lead Jy-Mel Coleman’s pass gave Josh Allison some room to attack and score on the right, though Coleman missed the conversion. The lead didn’t last long, an error again giving the Raiders a chance to attack. Nathan Mossop looked to his left five metres out and the defence moved before he’d had a chance to dummy, he strolled over and Lewis Charnock converted. Charnock added a penalty a few minutes later.


The half ended with Skolars camped on the Barrow line, with the referee calling half-time with over a minute showing on both timekeepers stopwatches. If he hadn’t heard the hooter at the start of the game, he certainly heard it before the start of the second half, along with sarcastic cheers from the crowd.


Barrow had a couple of early chances to go further ahead, Declan Hulme being caught after Nathan Mossop made a good break, and Charnock losing control of a pass from Matty While close to the tryline. They extended the lead with another penalty.


Skolars also went close, Bryan was tackled short of the line and a penalty was awarded, but something was clearly said and the second rower was sin-binned. His side dominated the game in his absence, with debutant Jordan Williams making a 30 metre break and only being denied a try because the referee blew for a high shot as Williams took the ball a metre from the line. They chose to run the ball at a penalty, but the Raiders were prepared to conceded drop-outs and keep defending.


With Charnock off with for head injury assessment, Jamie Dallimore kicked penalty goals in the last five minutes, leaving Skolars frustrated again.



  7 Mike Bishay

  2 Sam Nash

24 Michael Brown

  4 Lameck Juma

22 John Paxton

  6 Jy-Mel Coleman

29 Jermaine Coleman

25 Michael Sykes

  9 Charlie Lawrence

10 David Williams

11 Lamont Bryan

  3 Josh Allison

13 Ryan Chester


Subs (all used)

14 Billy Driver

  8 Louis Robinson

28 Jordan Williams

18 Michael Greenhalgh


Tries: Bryan (15), Allison (27)

Goals: Jy-Mel Coleman1/2

Sin-bin: Bryan (56) – dissent



  1 Ryan Fieldhouse

  2 Brett Carter

  3 Declan Hulme

24 Eze Harper

45 Thomas Loxam

  6 Jamie Dallimore

  7 Lewis Charnock

17 Tom Walker

15 Karl Ashall

10 Oliver Wilkes

11 Dan Toal

12 Jarrod Stack

34 Martin Aspinwall


Subs (all used)

  9 Nathan Mossop

16 Andrew Dawson

25 Matty While

21 James Duerden


Tries: Wilkes (21), Mossop (29)

Goals: Charnock 4/4, Dallimore 2/2
Penalty count: 9-13


Half-time: 10-14

Referee: Geoffery Poumes

Attendance: 374


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 10-6, 10-12, 10-14, 10-16, 10-18, 10-20

Keighley Cougars 45 London Skolars 26

Once again Skolars led at half-time away from home, but couldn’t take advantage.

The home side had gone into the lead early on when Davey Dixon ran onto a cross-field kick from Harry Aaronson. They went further ahead through Matt Bailey three minutes later, though the conversion from in front of the posts hit the crossbar.

Skolars looked to have put the Cougars under pressure when Aaronson picked up the ball on his own 20 metre line, but he ran across the field from right to left, before finding a gap to race to the tryline.

A 40 metre penalty kick by Jy-Mel Coleman gave Skolars good field position to attack from and some quick passing saw Dave Williams touchdown on the left flank. Then, after Louis Robinson was held up over the tryline, Billy Driver shot over from dummy half. Six minutes later he scored again and Skolars took a 14-18 lead at half-time.

They were put under pressure straight after the interval, conceding a goal-line drop out and after a period defending, the lead went when Michael Emmett scored. Aaronson cut through the defence to set up Dixon’s second try and, when Andy Gabriel broke through for Matty Beharrell to score, Skolars were 14 points behind again.

This time there was no way back. A series of missed tackles allowed James Feather to extend the Cougars’ lead. A try for Lamont Bryan stemmed the follow, but, after a drop goal by Beharrell, a dropped ball by Skolars at a scrum close to their own line saw Brad Nicholson score Keighley’s eighth try. As the hooter sounded, Skolars scored a consolation try with Kam Pearce-Paul sprinting to touchdown a Mike Bishay kick into the in-goal area.


Keighley Cougars

  1 Harry Aaronson

  5 Davey Dixon

34 Hamish Barnes

32 Adam Ryder

  2 Andy Gabriel

14 Adam Brook

  7 Matt Beharrell

  8 Scott Law

  9 James Feather

19 Matt Bailey

12 Brendon Rawlins

18 Josh Tonks

13 Michael Emmett


Subs (all used)

11 Josh Lynam

17 Nathan Conroy

21 Emmerson Whitel

13 Brad Nicholson


Tries: Dixon (5,54), Bailey (8), Aaronson (15), Emmett (49), Beharrell (58), Feather (64), Conroy (76)

Goals: Beharrell 6/8

Drop-goal: Beharrell
London Skolars

  1 Andy Winfield

  2 Sam Nash

  3 Josh Allison

  4 Kam Pearce-Paul

24 Michael Brown

  6 Jy-Mel Coleman

  7 Mike Bishay

25 Michael Sykes

  9 Ben Pointer

29 Callum Bustin

10 David Williams

11 Lamont Bryan

13 Ryan Chester


Subs (all used)

14 Billy Driver

  8 Louis Robinson

28 Sadiq Adebiyi

20 Jake Melling

Tries: Williams (25), Driver (33,39), Bryan (70, Pearce-Paul (80)

Goals: Coleman 3/5

Penalty count: 2-7

Half-time: 13-18

Referee: Nick Bennett

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 8-0 14-0. 14-6, 14-12, 14-18, 20-18, 26-18, 32-18, 38-18, 38-22, 39-22, 45-22, 45-26

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