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Swinton Foundation forms Manchester Lions

06 May 2021

Swinton Lions are delighted to announce the formation of three junior teams who will play under the name ‘Manchester Lions’ and take part in the newly-formed Greater Manchester Player Development League.

The Lions will have teams in the following age groups: Under 10s (for children in school year 4/5); Under 12s (for children in school year 6/7); and Under 14s (for children in school year 8/9), with a view to develop talent across Greater Manchester and increase awareness of Rugby League.

The first sessions will take place for these three age groups on Wednesday 12th May at the Sale FC training facility at Carrington Lane, Carrington, Manchester M31 4AE. Meet at 6.30-6.45 for a 7pm start. Sessions will be weekly throughout May, June and July, with a number of fixtures and festivals against other member teams to take place in the same months.

Lions’ Director of Development, Damian Ridpath, said, “After the successful formation of our Women’s and Girls teams the Swinton Lionesses, and as the next part of the Lions’ Foundation development strategy, we are delighted to announce the formation of the Manchester Lions Junior Rugby League Club. 

“This initiative is also integral to Swinton Lions’ continued contribution to the Rugby League World Cup Legacy Plan for the wider sport. As a club we are committed to growing the impact of the Lions and attracting new participants to this fantastic sport. In addition, as part of our ongoing partnership with Sale FC, to have use of the first class Carrington training facility is simply tremendous. Carrington is one of the best community resources within the Manchester city region.”

The Lions’ Foundation can confirm that all training sessions will be delivered in line with the appropriate guidelines provided by the RFL in respect of return to play and training Covid protocol.

If you would like to try Rugby League for the first time, or return to the sport after a break, or If you would just like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Damian at [email protected]


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