School girls compete for Jane Tomlinson trophy

Schoolgirls from across Leeds took part in the annual Jane Tomlinson Memorial Trophy this week.

The Year 7 and 8 pupils took to the pitches at Leeds Rugby Academy, home of Leeds Rhinos, for an afternoon of fast flowing rugby.

The trophy was set up in support of the inspirational Jane Tomlinson and as a showcase for the great talent, determination and courage of girls' Rugby League.

Organised by the Leeds Rugby Foundation the event aims to encourage more young people to be involved in Rugby League.

Teams from schools across the city took part, including Corpus Christi, Temple Moor, Brigshaw, Huntington, Roundhay, Royds, Morley Academy and Leeds West Academy.

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The festival will raised awareness of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and encourage girls to be active and engaged in sport.

Taking the trophy this year was Temple Moor beating Huntingon 3-0 in the final.

Siobhan Curtis from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal said: "Seeing so many schools take part in the tournament year on year is fantastic. The work that the team at Leeds Rugby Foundation do in order to get girls more engaged with the sport is great and it is something we are very proud to be associated with."

Lois Forsell, Schools and Female Participation Rugby League Development Officer said: "I think it is great that we are teaming up with Jane's Appeal combining our aims of getting people active and changing lives through sport. We hope the girls take a lot away from the tournament with regards to staying fit and active and how that can impact on your life and be inspired by Jane's story and work. We think it will be a great, competitive festival and we are looking forward to seeing how the teams fair."

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