SAINTS Season Ticket Holders visited Langtree Park for the first time on Friday night as the Club began the process to gain a safety certificate.Several thousand fans braved freezing conditions and hailstorms to see the view inside the stadium and get used to their new surroundings.They also saw the first team train in wintry weather and heard pre-season thoughts of new signings Lance Hohaia, Mark Flanagan and Anthony Laffranchi as well as Head Coach Royce Simmons.Hundreds also flocked into the new Saints Superstore to snap up Christmas bargains.Saints would like to thank everyone who came to the event and helped us in this vital Health & Safety requirement.
ST.HELENS R.F.C. have announced a partnership with Rochdale Hornets.The Club has created a four-tier playing pathway which it hopes will prove beneficial following the changes to the sub Super League competition announced recently by the RFL.The Under 20s and Under 18s competitions will be shelved for a new Under 19s league.“This partnership is a culmination of three months of hard work with Rochdale and we are delighted they have agreed to link with us,” Saints General Manager Mike Rush said. “The move will give our players the opportunity to continue their development at a higher level and we look forward to watching them progress.“As part of the move, Ian Talbot, our Under 20s coach, will be taking up the Head Coaching position at Rochdale whilst Ex-Rochdale and GB International Matt Calland will also join the set up as Head of Youth and work with the first team squad.“Ian, Glynn Walsh and Steve Prescott from Saints and Dave Ramsbottom from Rochdale will be retained to give the Hornets a strong coaching set up which in turn will provide a great player pathway for both clubs and their local players.”The new link-up will see up to five dual registered or loan players play for the Championship side to aid their development.Hornets’ Chairman Mark Wynn said: “We are thrilled by this partnership. It is an opportunity not just for Hornets but for Rugby League as a whole in Rochdale. Any ambitious youngster in the town can now see a path which leads right to the very top of the game.”The club will also link with Whitehaven RLFC too as part of the changes to the structure.Cumbria is a great breeding ground for Rugby League talent and the partnership has dual benefits for both clubs as well as creating a four-tier player pathway.Barry Richardson from Whitehaven added: “This is mutually beneficial with Whitehaven being able to call upon quality players from St Helens on a weekly basis and the two clubs to develop a strong and lasting relationship with an increased presence in West Cumbria through both clubs’ community programmes and through building upon the excellent relationship over the last few years that has been built up between St Helens and Dave Woods the new Whitehaven Coach.“This will also give the opportunity for the two clubs to attract top local Cumbrian players who could be available to play initially for St Helens Under 19s or Whitehaven’s first team and hopefully to progress longer term through to the Saints first team or part of a strong Whitehaven team established in the Championship.”
IT’S a busy time of the year both in developing the stars of the future and welcoming our junior fans to the Saints.On Wednesday April 8 our young supporters can enjoy an Easter Camp at the Saints Academy, part of Cowley International College.It will feature a range of fun skills and drills and is open to everyone between the ages of 5 to 12-years-oldThe session will last for two hours, starting at 10am on our training field, so bring along your training kit and boots to take part in the activities.And, you’ll receive a free Easter gift in readiness for the morning finishing at 12.00pm.The activity is costs only £20 or £15 if you are a Junior Member.With further sessions also planned exclusively for Junior Members, why not show your support and join today.To become a junior member or to book your place on the Easter fun camp, simply call into the club shop at Langtree Park, tel: 01744 455 052 or log on here.Other planned dates:Wednesday April 8 – U12s Player Development Session – 3pm to 4.30pm at Saints Training Facility at Cowley International CollegeWednesday April 15 – U13s Player Development Session – 3pm to 4.30pm at Saints Training Facility at Cowley International CollegeThursday April 16 – Junior Members Camp at Langtree Park – open to members only. Details to be follow on the Saints website.Any information required regarding the Player Development sessions only please email Craig Richards.