Hurricanes Rugby League Jamaica are
excited to announce a partnership with London Skolars.
The Skolars are based in the English
capital and currently compete in the Championship 1 competition and see the
Hurricanes as an ideal partner considering the large Jamaican and broader Afro
Caribbean population in London. In fact, there are 4 current Skolars players in
Smokie Junor, Lamont Bryant, Jermaine Coleman and Corey Simms who are of
Jamaican heritage, along with numerous others that are in the Skolars junior or
The partnership between the Hurricanes
and Skolars will see both organizations heavily promoting each others
activities, information sharing and in time may see a player-loan/share system.
The idea is for elite performing Hurricanes players to travel to England to
train and trial with the Skolars and the Skolars may also look to send some of
their younger players to Jamaica to play with the Hurricanes when they enter
the USA competition in 2013.
The link between the Hurricanes and
Skolars came about after owners Dane Campbell (Hurricanes) and Hector McNeil
(Skolars) met recently to discuss all the possibilities of such an arrangement.
Both Campbell and McNeil have a deep passion for the international aspect of
the game and agree that the benefits that can be generated by such a
partnership will advance the game in the Jamaica, the broader Caribbean and
also in London. The Hurricanes will look to use their developing profile to
further the ambitions of the Skolars in attracting more Afro Caribbean youth to
rugby league. Additionally, the Hurricanes see immense benefit in being able to
promote their ambitions and grow their global appeal in such a cosmopolitan
city such as London.
Commenting on the partnership Campbell
“I have personally known Hector for
several years and have kept a close eye on the developments of the Skolars and
the opportunity now to be able to link the Hurricanes brand in with them is one
that I am extremely excited about. After speaking at length about the
opportunities that can be created to both organizations from such a
partnership, I am confident that we will see significant interest in the
Hurricanes from people in London and across the England. Additionally, we will see opportunities
created for our players to further their experience in rugby league, which will
ultimately enhance our ability as a team when we enter into the USA competition
Skolars owner Hector McNeil commented:
are excited by what is happening in Jamaica and in particular what is being
achieved through the Hurricanes Rugby League. Given that our club is based in a
large Afro Caribbean area we feel it is a great opportunity to partner with the
There is also the
long term aim of giving Hurricanes players a chance to step up to UK
professional rugby league and provide a home away from home by involving local
community people around the Haringey area.
We always support the
development and establishment of RL in new areas. Its great to see seeds sown
and the game grow in Jamaica as it has here in London”.
The first official promotion between
the Hurricanes and Skolars will be this coming Friday at New River Stadium,
where Skolars host Keighley Cougars in the annual “Friday Night Lights”. The
game is a last home game of the year for the Skolars and see’s plenty of
supporters from other clubs in attendance as they come down from the North of
England to watch the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London on the
Saturday. At this game, the Skolars will be raffling a Hurricanes jersey, with
all proceeds to go to the further development of the Hurricanes Rugby League.
The night will also see Skolars promoting the Hurricanes recent Membership
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