ST.HELENS R.F.C. are delighted to announce that their partnership with League 13 has been extended for the 2014 season, following a successful pilot in 2012 and 2013.Saints have long been associated with bringing through some of the best young talent in the country and take great pride in ensuring they look after all of their players both on and off the field.The continuing partnership with League 13 will only serve to strengthen the commitment to their Super League club’s players.A pilot scheme was introduced in 2012 and 2013 to provide the players with better welfare than had previously been the case.The programme focused on the first team squad and included assessments of mental well-being, greater awareness of financial planning and the development of a plan for career transition.Now, on the back of that success, it has been strengthened to include Academy and Scholarship players.There will be a greater emphasis on introducing a Player Pathway, so that players have a clear idea of what they wish to achieve after rugby league and how they can accomplish it.Sessions will also be delivered to the players on compliance issues such as the use of social media, drug use and gambling.Mike Rush, St. Helens Chief Executive, said: “We share League 13’s commitment to improving player welfare and it has been that shared commitment that has made the decision to extend this initiative one of the easiest decisions we have made.“The results of the pilot scheme have been tremendous and many of our players have already benefitted in a number of ways.“I now want our young players to receive those same benefits, which will only help the club in the future.”Ernie Benbow, Chief Executive of League 13, added: “Player welfare is at the core of what League 13 wants to achieve in rugby league. We have made great strides in the game already, but there is a great deal more for us to do.“We wanted to make this a local initiative with a local flavour and have also engaged fully with the St Helens Chamber of Commerce through CEO Kath Boullen. We have also involved past players in support roles.“Considering where we were two years ago, to be in partnership with an elite club like St. Helens shows how far we have come.“We now want to continue the good work we have already done and develop the idea of a Player Pathway across Super League in concert with the RFL, so that players can develop off the field, as well as on it, and achieve great things in their career in rugby league and after it.”
They travel to Warrington Wolves this Friday (May 5, 8pm) in Round 13 of the Betfred Super League looking to record a double over their Cheshire rivals.Saints beat the Wolves 31-6 in March and will go to the Halliwell Jones Stadium full of confidence.Tickets for the clash are priced at West Terrace: Adult – £21, Concessions – £15, Junior £10 and North Stand Seating: Adult – £30.50, Concessions – £21, Junior £12 (swap upgrade is £6).Junior Member tickets are free but you must collect your swaps before you travel.Saints then make the trip to Castleford Tigers for the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on May 13 (2:30pm).The tie of the round comes just a few weeks after Saints handed Daryl Powell’s men a 26-22 defeat at the Totally Wicked Stadium.It will be broadcast live on the BBC but a massive away contingent could make all the difference to your Saints chances.Advance prices for Members are Adults – £15, Concessions (students, juniors, OAPs) – £8 and advance prices for Non-Members are Adults – £18 and Concessions (students, juniors, OAPs) – £10.Once again Junior Member tickets are free but you must collect your swaps before you travel.Coach travel is free for Members and £12 for non Members.A week later it’s Magic Weekend time when Saints face Hull FC (May 20).The game kicks off at 4:45pm at St James Park and is sure to be a white hot event.Day tickets start from just £12.50 for adult Members and £25 for non-members.Concessions (over 65, full time students or serving military personnel) start at just £6.25 for members or £12.50 for non-members.Click here to find out more and take your place at one of the competition’s must see weekends.Saints then have a score to settle when Wigan Warriors come to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday May 25 (8pm).The last time the two sides met, Kyle Amor was harshly sent off for a high tackle.Saints went on to produce a battling and spirited performance but ultimately fell short.Tickets for that game are already selling fast and start at just £10.And finally, Saints travel to Huddersfield Giants on May 29 to cap off a busy month! Tickets will be on sale for that game shortly.All tickets are available from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
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