Rugby’s return!

EGG-CHASERS!: Pupils from Whitcliffe Mount School during a training session with Cleckheaton RUFC.
EGG-CHASERS!: Pupils from Whitcliffe Mount School during a training session with Cleckheaton RUFC.

RUGBY union is making a welcome return to a Cleckheaton school.

Whitcliffe Mount has teamed up with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in a new programme to teach the sport in schools.

Years seven and eight will play rugby union as part of their PE timetable, and the school has formed a club link with Cleckheaton RUFC to enable it to use the club’s facilities for matches and training.

The club hopes to encourage pupils to take part in junior matches, and junior chairman Andy Clark this week spoke highly of the rugby talent at the school after watching a training session.

He said: “The lads all enjoyed the session and there is some real talent there. Hopefully we will get a good number coming down to play with us at the weekends.”

Head of PE Richard Hirst said: “This is an exciting time for the school, it’s great that rugby union is returning to Whitcliffe Mount School and it is great to see so many ex-Whitcliffe pupils playing first team rugby down at Cleckheaton.

“Cleckheaton is a rugby union town and we are hoping that this RFU scheme will bring the next generation of first team players down at the club.”