London Skolars will be the first side in the professional game to take on newly formed expansion side the Toronto Wolfpack, as the two sides kick off round 1 of the 2017 season.
The following week will see the Skolars travel away to Newcastle Thunder, which is sure to be a stern test, as the Skolars narrowly edged the side from the North East to secure a place in the 2016 top 8’s.
Several games against southern clubs follow, we welcome Coventry Bears to New River stadium, before travelling to Gloucester and then finally in round 5 on Good Friday we take on Hemel Stags for the first time since their relocation to Dewsbury.
Our longest away journey takes place in July, round 13, as the side make the 325 mile trip to Workington RLFC.
We finish the regular season with two home games, taking on Hunslet in round 14 before finishing up against South Wales Ironmen.
The 2017 season is shaping up to be the most competitive to date, with a host of traditional northern powerhouses accompanied by the fully professional Toronto Wolfpack. Southern clubs such as South Wales and Hemel have re-branded and will be looking to build upon this.
In total the club have 8 home fixtures and 6 away minimum in the regular season, with more to come when the league splits into the 8’s. York are yet to have their place confirmed by the league, even if they are to drop out of the competition the RFL are in talks to replace them, which will be an additional fixture.
Season tickets are now on sale, an earlybird season ticket will cost just £90, Skolars also have great rates for concession’s and season ticket holders.
The club have this year created a London Men’s League Season ticket, and London League Junior ticket, for information regarding these fantastic deals, please contact the club on 0208 888 8488 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspirational captain Dave Williams has today re-signed with the London Skolars for the 2017 season.
Dave is a glowing testament to the player pathway here in London. Having started out at his local club Greenwich Admirals he was soon picked up by the London Bronco’s where he played at every age group before making his first team debut for then Harlequins RL in 2008. He racked up 18 appearances in total, whilst making appearances for London Skolars as part of the dual registration partnership over that time.
He re-signs for the club on the back of a very strong 2016 appearing in almost all of the games despite picking up a knee injury mid-way through the season that would have side-lined most players. During this year he also racked up his 100th appearance for the club over his several spells. His tireless work rate and bone rattling defence earnt him the ultimate respect of his peers, as they voted him their 2016 player of the year.
With the club captain confirmed for this season, and a host of other exciting names on the way, support the Skolars as they look to build on last year by purchasing a season ticket here
Our Community Development Manager Matt Cuss looks back at what has been a busy start to the school year for London Skolars Community Department.
From September our focus has solely been on Primary & Secondary School work, as we took a year away from our College Academy project. With the help of our Sky Try funding, and the support of our valued sponsors Ipreo and Exchange Data International, we were able to connect with more young people than ever.
In figures we have delivered to:
- 8 Schools Rugby Provision
- 220 regular pupils every week
- A total of 112 hours of coaching over the term.
- 240 children at a one off Festival
On top of our regular school’s programmes, we have delivered alongside Tottenham’s Sport-Inspired programme on a one-off engagement day, which saw 240 children experience Rugby League over the course of the day. We have received funding from Tottenham Grammar School to help deliver a ‘Girls Rugby Project’ which will be invaluable in building on our initial interest that we kick-started last season. We are also speaking to a number of exciting new partner companies, who all are interested in getting involved and helping us to expand our delivery resources.
From a staffing point of view, it’s been fantastic to be able to welcome our Community Coach Apprentice Aston Stephenson into the department, his infectious enthusiasm and fantastic coaching ability has produced great reviews from our partner schools and his hard-work out in the field is making a big difference to young people and sport in Haringey. We are also in the final processes of recruiting a Player Recruitment & Development Officer, who will be tasked with focusing on recruitment for our College Academy for 2017, the majority of their work will be around Secondary Schools and then bridging the gap between school and club participation.
Our Juniors although out of regular season have also been producing some highlights. Our U17’s who many of you would have read lots about over the past season, have just been nominated in the ‘Team of the Year’ category at the Haringey Celebrating Sport Awards which will take place in November. It’s fantastic to see their efforts being recognised outside of the Rugby League community. Our Strength and Conditioning programme, set up for our U15’s & U17’s players has also been a great success. Each week the players have worked on age appropriate strength and conditioning methods under the watchful eye of qualified Personal Trainer and First Team player Kaz Faturoti. We hope that this will bear fruit come the Junior League season.
Alongside this, after Half-Term we will launch our Skolars Performance Squad, a vital piece in our pathway model. Promising players from our U13’s, U15’s and U17’s will come together once a month, to work with First Team and Academy coaches on core aspects of performance. We hope this will not only improve them as individuals, but that we will see a collective improvement through our Junior Teams also.
As you can see it’s been a busy few months for us, with lots going on. As always we say thank you to our wonderful sponsors, our partner schools and of course to the children for being fantastic throughout every session we have delivered. We look forward to the next term with even more schools and even more young people engaging with us here at London Skolars.
London Skolars are today pleased to announce that they will be holding a nines tournament on Saturday November 12th, the day prior to England taking on Australia at the Olympic Park.
Nines is a game many at New River will be familiar with, as the London Skolars have previously held the Middlesex 9’s tournament on Challenge Cup weekend during the 00’s, with teams from across across England and beyond participating in.
The club welcomes teams of all abilities and age ranges- for just £250 you can enter a team into the tournament and receive 10 tickets to the England vs Australia game as well. Alternatively students can enter for £50 and adults £75 without the England tickets.
The day is scheduled to begin at 11am and there will be prizes for the overall winner. There has already been great interest in this event, so to book your place please click here. For inquiries contact Louis Robinson at email@example.com or 0208 888 8488.