Bulls and Police use rugby league to tackle anti-social behaviour

Bradford Bulls are joining forces with West Yorkshire Police and the Birkenshaw Amateur Rugby League Football Club to teach young people about self-discipline and teamwork.

They're running a four-day workshop next week (Monday 18th - Thursday 21st) introducing boys to the skills of rugby. The workshop is taking place at East Bierley Playing Fields off Hunsworth Lane and is open to boys aged 10 - 15 years old.

It's hoped it will encourage the boys to stay off the streets and move onto the rugby field while giving them the option of a healthier and sportier lifestyle.

Bradford South Crime Reduction Officer Mark Robinson who has organised the workshops in conjunction with the club, is a coach for the British Police Rugby Team and is involved with junior recruitment for the Bradford Bulls said:

"Taking part in team sports like rugby is about more than simply getting fit. They promote respect, self-confidence and discipline as well as how to work better with others. I hope that the boys who come along will get a taste for some of these benefits, take more interest in following a healthy lifestyle and ultimately, stay away from people and places that could drag them into anti-social or criminal behaviour."

The workshops will see current Bradford Bulls coaches passing on their professional hints and tips to the boys, who only need to bring with them a packed lunch, plenty of fluids and sun-tan lotion. The week is open to any level of player as boys will be introduced to the basics skills of the game as well as plenty of fun team activities.

Bradford Bulls Community Development Office, Katie Meyerhoff said today:

"We are delighted to be bale to join West Yorkshire Police and Birkenshaw ARLFC in this scheme. We have a continuing community focus at the club and we are looking forward to working together to help the development of the young people as they move into adulthood."

Anyone wishing to take part in the workshops is asked to book a place by calling (UK) 0844 8711 498, though you can turn up on the day. The costs are