As part of our work in Health we regularly deliver Assemblies in schools focusing on the importance of Active Lifestyles and a healthy balanced diet. We also support schools with their Health weeks and other weekly Change for Life clubs. Although not delivering rugby League directly we use our game as the hook of showing why living a healthy balanced lifestyle are important.
We understand the role our club and our sport has in the area and we try to use this to work with different partners and people to the benefit as many people as possible. This can range from supporting community events such as the Rowntree Park Birthday party and Fulford Fair to Norris taking part in the York Run For All Event, cycling the Sky Ride route or delivering sessions on an evening or school holidays working with targeted groups of teenagers.
A significant part of our work in schools focusses not just on physical activity and health but also on areas such as leadership, money management, literacy, numeracy and local history. We regularly host work placements for students aged from 14 up to 21 and have strong partnerships with many of the schools, colleges and York St John University.
As a Rugby League Foundation we deliver lots of sessions to people young and old across the area. Some of the projects we currently have running are:
The Junior Knights- for children aged 5-10 years of age who want to take part in weekly fun, non-contact sessions where they can learn some of the basics and hopefully go on to join a community club.
Sky Try – This is the largest Rugby League participation project and we are proud to be able to deliver this to schools in our area. Over the last 2 years we have coached more than 2000 children in schools and given many of thee the opportunity to take part in festivals. Sessions are targeted towards Primary School Children in Years 3 and 4 as well as all pupils in Secondary schools in Years 7,8 & 9.
Community Clubs – We try, as much as possible, to support the fantastic work our community clubs do in the area. This is done through delivering the Primary Rugby League Workshop to coaches of Under 7s, 8s & 9s, by offering training sessions alongside our first team, delivering Safeguarding workshops to coaches at clubs and other occasional training sessions.
England Talent Pathway – As an official Player Development Partner of the RFL we are able to deliver the ETP programme across the area which offer training opportunities for coaches and teachers and access to additional open coaching sessions for all players in the Under 12s- Under 16s age groups. We use the excellent facilities at York St John University for these where the young players can benefit from their fantastic facilities and get a taste for what being a Knights layer may be like.
All Knights – We want to give everybody the chance to play our game so we have placed an emphasis on ensuring opportunities are available to all. Our All Knights project is delivered in partnership with SNAPPY and sees a weekly session held where young adults with disabilities come together to play rugby League related games. With a focus on fun and participation we make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience and plays their part in the session.
York City Knights Ladies – Part of giving everyone in our community the chance to play Rugby League has also saw us work in partnership to launch the ladies team in 2015. This side has gone from strength to strength over the last few months and benefit from training at the York St Johns University facilities on Haxby Rd. The commitment of players, coaches, supporters and sponsors has been fantastic and we hope to see them progress and start a junior girls session in the near future.