League of their own!
'Sport offers kids a chance to connect'
Last Updated: June 6, 2012 6:46pm
Rugby League can have a powerful, positive influence on children's lives.
"I believe that sport makes good people."
Paul Broadbent Quotes of the week
That's the message from Sky Sports Living for Sport Mentor Paul Broadbent, who took part in a community coach day organised by Huddersfield Giants with the aim of developing skills for children aged between six and 13, with the emphasis on having fun.
Rugby league is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, especially among women and children.
Broadbent, who played eight times for Great Britain, told Sky Sports News: "I just think it's superb.
"I'm working with children a lot now. We are going into high schools with the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme and I just think it's absolutely brilliant.
"I know on a daily basis what effects sport has on children's lives and when we're going in there and hearing students, including very difficult students, saying that they are going to change their lives because of the stories and the way that we've been able to connect with them - I just think it's absolutely superb.
"It turns them into good people. I believe that sport makes good people."
The latest figures from the RFL show that there has been a 27 per cent increase in participation levels in Rugby League in the last two years.
That means that almost 250,000 people are now getting involved as players, coaches, officials or volunteers.
They also reveal that the number of women and girls participating has increased by 42 per cent year on year.
And half of the viewers of Rugby League on Sky Sports live in the South of England - which is interesting because there's only one Super League team there compared to 12 in the north.
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