Get Involved profiles local hero Rocky Whitehead, who teaches children rugby league in Yorkshire
We profile Local Hero Rocky Whitehead, who has been teaching children rugby league for over three decades.
Last Updated: 09/02/13 9:03pm
Whitehead spends a lot of his time in primary schools and special needs centres in the Yorkshire region, explaining the merits of the game to youngsters and making them familiar with the rules.
But he is also regularly found putting kids through their paces at local rugby league club Oulton Raiders, calling his group of young stars Rocky's Giants - and he told Get Involved why he loves his work.
"Rugby league is a fantastic community game; it is a marvellous way of keeping the kids active and if you've got a friend in rugby league, you've got a friend for life," said Whitehead, who was chosen to take part in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
"Grass-roots rugby is what it's all about and hopefully some of these young kids will go on to play for the full Oulton Raiders side; that is my dream."
Rocky's work in schools helps children boost their fitness levels but also their life skills, and two headteachers who have seen him up close had plenty of praise for the 66-year-old.
"Hardworking and enthusiastic to the nth degree, he is an all-round great guy," said Sally Ann Boulton of Haigh Road Primary. "He does so much for the children, not just in terms of bringing them into the world of sport but the world of sportsmanship, too"
Liz Holliday, of St Peters C of E Primary, added: "(The children) instantly take to Rocky and there are no problems with behaviour; he is really good at getting the best and making them want to achieve their best. He is very positive and full of praise for the children."
To find out more about Oulton Raiders simply click on this link: www.oultonraiders.com
For wider information on the sport of rugby league, visit www.therfl.co.uk.
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