A rugby league guru has been appointed to make the sport more accessible and popular for the residents of Bolton.
The rugby league development officer – funded jointly by Bolton and Bury council’s, Link4Life (Rochdale’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Trust) and the Rugby Football League – will support schools, community clubs and everyone involved in rugby league.
Ryan Bradley is the person charged with developing the game across the three boroughs, and has taken up a three-year, full-time position. Ryan has made the journey across the Pennines from a similar role in Yorkshire.
Ryan said: “I am looking forward to meeting everyone currently involved in the game over the coming months and driving rugby league forward in the three boroughs.
“There is already a real thirst for the sport in Bolton, so I am really looking forward to supporting everybody involved in whatever capacity I can.”
As well as recruiting Ryan, Paul Scanlon-Wells has been employed to cover the area as a league-for-all officer. Paul has the task of delivering non-traditional versions of the rugby league to groups across the region.
Paul will introduce versions of the game such as touch rugby league across the regions, helping to make sure that even more people can get involved in the game.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “Promoting a great, northern sport such as rugby league is really important and I am especially pleased that Ryan and Paul will be looking to involve schools and young people.”