Stags look at youth sides in a bid to cement future

MIRFIELD Stags are looking to expand by creating a junior section over the next 12 months in a bid to cement a long future for rugby league in the town.

The club is set to unveil a ‘Rugby Tots’ programme very soon, which will be aimed at children aged between three and six.

The club also hope to launch an under-12s and under-16s side as early as next year.

The two teams would likely ply their trade in the Yorkshire Junior League from March of 2016, with action taking place throughout the summer.

In order to make this a possibility, the club is seeking to recruit a junior chairman, a junior secretary, coaching, medical and team management staff.

Coaches ideally need to carry a ‘Level 2’ certificate in rugby league, though the club is willing to fund courses in order to meet the Rugby Football League’s requirements.

First aiders must have a valid first aid certificate and all other parties' involvement is subject to DBS and CRB checks.

A Stags spokesperson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role in the future development of rugby league in Mirfield, as the club moves to create a formal player pathway.

“It gives us great pleasure to be able to announce the launch of the club's exciting new junior

section.

‘We are now hoping to hear from people out there in the local area who would like to be involved in the running of the section, as the second phase of our grand plan becomes a reality.

“We have enjoyed a phenomenal first full year of existence and this very much represents the next step as we aim to eventually bring National Conference League rugby to Mirfield.

“This area has a proud history of producing world-class talent and we would love nothing more than to help create the next Sam Burgess or Alex Walmsley through our junior ranks and put the town on the map.”

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