Hawks fly as Rugby League project proves a big success

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.
Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.
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School kids formed their own Rugby League team as part of a televised project.

England and Wigan star Sam Tomkins led the way with his skilled input, leading Trinity Academy – or the ‘Hawks’ in Holmfield to a 38-14 win over North Halifax Grammar.

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.'Cheerleaders perform at half-time.

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.'Cheerleaders perform at half-time.

The ‘Sam’s Team’ project, which saw students from different subject groups participate in different ways, ranged from the big game itself to marketing, media and managerial input.

And children from nearby Saint Catherine’s joined in too, as the school prepare to join Trinity in September.

The project arranged by Sky Sports Living for Sport which has been running since October, raised money for Just Jack with funds being brought in through raffle tickets, tuck shop sales and spectator donations.

Former Live and Kicking presenter Andi Peters, who is now a producer and TV executive, has also been involved.

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.'England international rugby league star Sam Tomkins, left, Pete Emmett and Trinity Academy students do the half-time draw.

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.'England international rugby league star Sam Tomkins, left, Pete Emmett and Trinity Academy students do the half-time draw.

15-year-old Sophie-Anna Middleton was given the role as manager.

She said: “I was managing. I’ve got to make sure everything’s in the right place at the right time.

“It will look good on my CV when I’m older and I get a job.”

Talent coordinator and marketing representative was Thomas Hudson, 14, while 15-year-old Brandon Ames was in charge of dealing with the media.

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.'Trinity Academy students who organised the event, from the left, Thomas Hudson, 14, Sophie-Anna Middleton, 15, and Brandon Ames, 15.

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.'Trinity Academy students who organised the event, from the left, Thomas Hudson, 14, Sophie-Anna Middleton, 15, and Brandon Ames, 15.

He said: “It’s exciting to see everything coming together, we’ve been doing a lot of work in the past few months. It’s definitely been a bit stressful.”

Representing Sky Sports, rugby star Sam Tomkins has been a big part of the project, visiting the school twice a week in the run up to the big event.

He said: “We thought if they could create a rugby club it would be a little bit special.

“I know there were some quality players on the side.”

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.'Trinity Academy students who organised the event, from the left, Thomas Hudson, 14, Sophie-Anna Middleton, 15, and Brandon Ames, 15.

Charity rugby league match between The Hawks (Trinity Academy and St Catherines) v North Halifax Grammar School, at Trinity Academy, Holmfield.'Trinity Academy students who organised the event, from the left, Thomas Hudson, 14, Sophie-Anna Middleton, 15, and Brandon Ames, 15.

One of those was 15-year-old Brandan Stephenson, who has already got a scholarship with Bradford Bulls.

He said: “I found it good. I was nervous at the start because of the crowd.

“It’s given me an insight on what I want to do when I’m older. I feel more confident now in my rugby and my skill.”

You can view the school’s journey online at www1.skysports.com/watch/tv-shows/boots-n-all.

Sam Tomkins at St Catherine's High School.

Sam Tomkins at St Catherine's High School.