Rugby league star and SSS Network partner Luke Gale, through his non for profit venture – Kicking for Grassroots – has pledged his support to the Changemakers project in the build-up to the Rugby League World Cup.

The brand-new project, which aims to get young people engaged in rugby league, has been running in Doncaster since September in Trinity Academy, and is soon to be expanding into two more secondary schools.

The current crop of Changemakers have been busy generating interest for rugby league in South Yorkshire, supporting events at matches and creating social media content for the sport, and will soon be working closely with Luke Gale and Kicking for Grassroots.

Gale, who recently signed for West Yorkshire side Leeds Rhinos, will be supporting the Changemakers up to the Rugby League World Cup in 2021, where the nation will be looking to follow the success that the Rugby World Cup in Japan gained in 2019.

As an ambassador for the World Cup, Gale and his team of coaches will be looking to spread positive messages around rugby league, most notably at his upcoming rugby league camp, which will be taking place in the February half term. The camp will be supported by the Changemakers.

The Changemakers project currently runs in Trinity Academy, Rossington All Saints Academy and XP School, and has come as a perfect opportunity for A-Level students to get involved in community work, according to current Changemakers student, Josh Smith.

He said: “I joined the Changemakers because of the scale of the opportunity it presented me. I was amazed at what it had to offer.”

With plenty more opportunities on the horizon, Josh believes the team have made the perfect start.

He added: “I feel like it’s going really well so far. Some tasks have been tough, but we have all come together and worked brilliantly as a team. We cannot wait to do more for rugby league and work closely with someone like Luke Gale.”

On the back of his high profile move to Leeds in the off season, Luke Gale and his Kicking for Grassroots foundation have struck up a partnership with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, the charitable arm of Leeds Rhinos.

The increased exposure from the Rhinos Foundation will help the former rugby league Man of Steel winner and England international, who set up his venture back in 2018, to have an even greater impact in the sporting community.

The Network has already seen foundations it partners with flourish, most notably former boxing champions Jamie and Gavin McDonnell’s Team Mac Fight for Good and Jordan Gill’s Next Generation.