Castleford Tigers stars launch new academy

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CASTLEFORD Tigers stars Ryan Hudson and Danny Orr are launching new coaching classes for youngsters aged from four up to 16.

The Elite Rugby Academy will start this month with classes at Kings School, Pontefract and Castleford Academy and will aim to inspire youngsters to realise their full potential.

The Tigers players will be doing the coaching and the once a week classes are open to boys and girls, whether they are accomplished rugby players or someone who has never played the game before.

“We’ll be coaching boys and girls, from four to 16 years of age, not just about rugby, but nutrition, life skills and mentoring them really,” Ryan told the Express.

“The big thing is the youngsters being coached by professionals and from catching and passing a ball to running and tackling, we’ll learn them the core skills.

“Our aim is to improve every child’s fitness. We aim to improve their movement and we will educate the kids about healthy eating.

“We don’t want to be a threat to the amateur clubs, we feel we can help them with players for the future. There’s going to be no games played and if we can get more boys and girls playing the game we can push it to the amateur.

“We’ve also spoken to Richard Wright and he’s supportive. If we’re successful we can help Castleford Tigers find players in the future.”

With 700 games at the highest level between them, Ryan and Danny are both keen on putting their experience to good use in a coaching capacity.

Current Cas first team captain Danny has been coaching at various levels for 14 years and is the assistant coach of the club’s under 18s.

He is a qualified personal trainer and first aider and has achieved a diploma in anatomy and physiology.

Ryan, who was the Tigers’ previous captain, has also got plenty of experience on the coaching side and is a qualified personal trainer, sports nutrionist, sports masseur and clinical hypnotherapist.

He said: “I’ve been helping out coaching kids for about 10 years and it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing.

“But me and Danny are seeing so many kids at the moment on their computers and a lot of young people have been moving away from Rugby League.

“We want to get kids getting active again. We want to see them out of their bedroom and back onto the playing fields.”

The weekly classes take place at Kings School, Mill Hill, Pontefract every Tuesday from April 17 with four to seven-year-olds 5.30-6.30pm; eight to 11-year-olds 6.30-7.30pm; and 12 to 16-year-olds 7.30-8.30pm.

The classes at Castleford Academy, Ferrybridge Road, are every Thursday from April 19 with four to seven-year-olds 5.30-6.30pm; eight to 11-year-olds 6.30-7.30pm; and 12 to 16-year-olds 7.30-8.30pm.

Every child’s first session is free and to book a place, visit the website at