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Sussex Schools Rugby League

One of our goals at Brighton & Hove Rugby League is to build a vibrant Rugby League community. With our partners Sport Brighton (the sports arm of the University of Brighton) and Brighton & Hove Council School Games Organisers, we’re building a Sussex Schools Rugby League programme to increase participation in our fantastic sport.

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2024 Offer: Free Membership for All Schools in Sussex

Benefits for All Members

  • Downloadable Resource Pack with Schemes of Work for both Tag & Tackle Rugby League
  • Invitations to our Competitions, pegged to the School Games framework – for both Primary & Secondary Schools
  • Termly Newsletter with video resources and other Rugby League opportunities
  • Invitation to Teacher CPD events
  • Prize Draw: Sign up for Membership before 28th February to be in with a chance of winning a Rugby League Equipment Pack and free Coaching Sessions at your school!
  • Resource Hub (Coming Soon!) – an online portal with written and video Schemes of Work, Lesson Plans and Extra-Curriculum session plans

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School Membership Frequently Asked Questions

Is this for Primary Schools or Secondary Schools?
Both! Our general competition focus is for Primary Schools to play Tag Rugby League and Secondary Schools to play Tackle Rugby League, but both sets of resources are available to all schools so that schools have the freedom to choose what they teach.

What is the cost of membership?
Membership is FREE for schools in 2024.

Do we have to take part in the competitions?
No – all schools are free to just use the resources to deliver their own PE lessons or extra-curricular clubs. With that said, there are three tiers of competition, which includes non-competitive Development Days which may support learning.

Can a school outside of Sussex sign up?
Yes, schools outside of Sussex can sign up to access the free resources and invitations to Sussex-based competitions and CPD events (as long as they’re willing to travel of course) but schools outside of Sussex will unfortunately not be eligible for the Prize Draw or for Sussex Schools RL coaching in their schools.

What is the Prize Draw?
Schools that sign up before 28th February 2024 will be entered into a draw to receive a Rugby League equipment pack and a free coaching session at their school. There will be on Primary School winner and one Secondary School winner.

Primary School Equipment Pack: 8x Size 4 Rugby League Balls + Bag, 1x set of 20 Rugby League Tag Belts & 40 Tags (2 colours of Tags)
Secondary School Equipment Pack: 8x Size 4 Rugby League Balls + Bag

Is there any other support you can offer?
Our resources are limited, however Brighton & Hove Rugby League are looking to support a small number of targeted schools within the city who don’t normally have the chance to access Rugby (both League & Union) opportunities, especially where schools are in areas of deprivation. If this sounds like your school and you’re interested, please email philward@brightonhoverl.com to discuss further.

2022/23 Academic Year in Numbers

520

Number of players involved in 2022/23

30

Number of schools involved in 2022/23

225

Number of female players involved in 2022/23

Secondary Schools

The 2023/24 Academic Year saw us host our first ever Secondary Schools tournaments, with teams taking part from Y7-Y9 for both Boys & Girls.

2023 Sussex 9s Championship Winners
Y7 Boys: Cardinal Newman
Y7 Girls: St Oscar Romero

Bigger & Better for 2024

The 2022/23 Academic Year was our biggest yet for Schools Rugby League with over 500 players from 30 schools playing Rugby League for the first time.

This year, we’re going even bigger.

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A Pathway for Every School

Just as every player is unique, we recognise that every school has different outcomes they’re looking for. We’ve got three pathway levels to allow each school to enjoy Rugby League at their own level.

Our “Equally Important” policy

As a club, Brighton & Hove Rugby League believes that Women’s RL is Equally Important as Men’s RL. All of our Schools work is built with this in mind – so all competition offers are available for both boys and girls teams.

Development Days – Summer Term

Our Development Days are all about learning the skills – both for students and for teachers! They’re led by our coaches, supported by players from Newman College, who were runners-up in the RFL National Colleges Cup in 22/23. Players learn the core skills and play some friendly matches.

Sussex 9s Championship – Summer Term

The Sussex 9s Championship is an entry point to competitive Rugby League. Smaller squads and simplified rules means it’s accessible for teams who are relatively new to the sport. The Sussex 9s Championship is played over one day and the winners may be invited to take place in the South of England 9s Championship.

Champion Schools – Winter Term (local & regional boys)/Easter Term (regional girls and national boys & girls)

The RFL Champion Schools programme is the National Schools competition. It is 13-a-side and on a full pitch. The finals are held at a variety of cool venues – with Y7 boys playing at Wembley before the Challenge Cup and Y8-10 playing before the Super League’s Magic Weekend.

Schools that want to enter must progress through several rounds to reach the National knockout stages. Currently Sussex has one qualifier team to the London & South East regional tournament, out of which two teams (one at Y11) progress to the National Knockout Rounds.

In 2023/24, Sussex School Cardinal Newman reached the London & South East final and the National Knockout rounds.

2024 Season – Summer Term

Our full calendar will be released shortly, but we’re starting off Term 5 with two Development Days – one for Boys, one for Girls before heading into FOUR Sussex Championships!

U12 Boys (Y7)
U13 Boys (Y8)

U12 Girls (Y7)
U14 Girls (Y8&9)

Representative Opportunity

Following the Schools season, there will be a short Representative season available, which will include a block of training sessions followed by a fixture between the best players across all schools and other nominated players.

Primary Schools

Festivals

We run festivals every summer term in Brighton & Hove.

These festivals are organised through the School Games Organiser and 12-16 teams are invited for an Introduction to Rugby League.

Sports Leaders from local secondary schools deliver a variety of enjoyable skill-based activities, before playing in mini round robin fixtures against other schools in their group.

These events fall on the “Development Festival” stage of the School Games framework and so no results are recorded and there is no overall winner. For many students, this is their first ever exposure to any kind of rugby.

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