A group of Rydal Penrhos pupils took a trip to a high-profile Rugby League contest as part of a specially arranged trip.
Executive Principal John Waszek organised tickets for the Upper Sixth Form contingent during St Helens’ recent home fixture against London Broncos, with receptionist Sarah James also playing a role in the trip, and Welsh Rugby League international Will Lynch provides an account of the events in a special pupil blog:
On Friday 8th March, six Year 13 pupils went to watch the famous St Helens Rugby League club in a home game against London Broncos.
Alongside Mr Waszek, the game turned out in favour of St Helens much to the delight of Mr Waszek, a long time St Helens fan himself!
For most of the boys there, it was their first Rugby League game they’d watched, and this was evident to me (Will) with Nick Fiorita firing barrels of questions on the rules and history of the sport.
In addition to this, many of the lads came to watch expecting the game to be slow and “weak”, however this view was changed with the lads commenting on mine and Sean’s bravery for playing the game due to the sheer number of bone-crunching tackles that were being made and the number of brave busts for tries that were made.
In the end the boys watched a rather one-sided, but thrilling game with St Helens winning 26-0.
Overall, the boys who attended had an amazing night and I'm sure this won’t be the last trip to a Rugby League game for the school, and just maybe there could be a chance to give the game a go!
Thank you to Mr Waszek and Sarah for making the trip possible!