ROTHERHAM Titans have been putting their backs into helping schoolkids achieve their best.
Pupils from Swinton and Wath joined others from around the borough for some after-school support, via the Try Line experience.
And at the end of the Spring term venture, it was Swinton Community School student Cameron Speed who lived up to his name – by sprinting ahead in the learning stakes, to win the Brian Chapple Award.
Cameron was chosen for his “positive and caring attitude”.
He was presented with his award by Titans player Juan Pablo Socino, Paul Evans of Rotherham Titans Supporters’ Club who donate funds for the awards, and Hendre Fourie, England and ex-Titans rugby player.
Cameron said he had really enjoyed his Try Line Experience at the Clifton-based club.
Typically, kids of all ages take part in fun quizzes and lessons in the conference room, while the IT suite tends to impress – with its PCs, geared up for safe surfing, laser printers and huge LCD screen to display the youngsters’ work.
Try Line summer schools offer varied themed activities along with club tours and player interviews, all backed up by multimedia work. Sports activities play a large part, then family and friends are invited along for presentations of gifts and certificates.
The programme runs at the Clifton Lane sports ground of the Rugby Union club. It aims to encourage independent learning and being positive, while increasing self-confidence and motivation.
The Playing for Success initiative is a partnership between the Government, local education authorities and professional sports clubs. Special study support centres have been set up to allow pupils to learn after school hours and during school holidays. Research has shown the centres work well, both in motivating pupils and raising standards.