The Leeds & Hunslet Schools’ Rugby League Cup Finals for 2022-23 will be staged at the South Leeds Stadium in the coming weeks, writes Steve Boothroyd. The details are as follows:

Monday 23 January

  • 4.00pm Goldthorpe Cup (Year 8) Allerton Grange v Cockburn
  • 5.15pm Harrison Shield (Year 10) Allerton Grange v Crawshaw
Monday 6 February
  • 4.00pm Gilston Cup (Year 7) Brigshaw v Cockburn
  • 5.00pm Lee Trophy (Year 9) Brigshaw v Leeds West
  • 6.15pm Wilson Cup (Year 11) Brigshaw v Farnley

The high school competition season is in full swing now. Two of the boys’ plate competitions have been decided: Garforth were winners at Year 8 and John Smeaton at Year 10. The remaining plate competitions will be contested this half-term.

The girls played out their Champion Schools qualifiers before Christmas and this term will focus on the indoor touch rugby tournaments for Years 7 and 8.

After receiving the John Ahm Award for sportsmanship and fair play last season, Cockburn are flying the flag for south Leeds in this season’s competitions. As well as reaching the boys’ finals at Years 7 and 8, their girls’ teams have qualified for the next stage of the Champion Schools Competition at Years 10 and 11.

Alongside the competition programme in high schools, primary schools have seen activities organised around the Rugby League World Cup in October and November.

In addition, the Hunslet Foundation and the Leeds Rhinos Foundation continue their work in high schools and primary schools around the city. The photograph below shows pupils from Year 7 at Cockburn John Charles, after completing their Rugby League take over programme delivered by the Hunslet Foundation.

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