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Hull Kingston Rovers
Hymers College and Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League club formed a unique partnership during 2008.
Hymers and the Super League club agreed a course of action that gives the elite athletes of the school access to a wide range of Hull KR’s coaching services. As well as receiving coaching in handling, tackling and footwork, the pupils from a variety of sports will have motivational and sport educational training.
In return, the club’s scholarship and academy players will train in the outstanding facilities at Hymers College. The club hopes that the school’s swimming pool, lecture theatre and outdoor all weather pitches will be a catalyst for Hull KR to nurture and retain the best Rugby League talent in the city.
The school’s best rugby players will join the Hull KR academy members for strength and conditioning training. For the rugby club, this represents a unique opportunity to give their young players access to the highest quality of facilities and the best chance of progress.
Hull Zingari Cricket Club
Hymers College and Zingari Cricket Club also announced a unique partnership during 2008, with a view to develop junior cricketers in Hull and East Yorkshire.
The first event which was held was a Primary School Cricket Festival involving several schools from around the local area including Collingwood, Thoresby, Rokeby Park, Sidmouth, Bricknell, Hymers, and St Nicholas Primary Schools, where Year 6 pupils played against each other.
As part of the partnership Zingari Cricket Club will have access to increased junior membership, including girls, the use of the school’s cricket pitches during the summer holidays, and the use of winter indoor nets for junior and senior players. The school which has a long tradition in producing many excellent cricketers, will now provide its students will new coaching opportunities as well as benefiting from putting its own students on coaching education programmes.
Hull Zingari Cricket Club is involved in the Cricket Foundation’s ‘Chance to Shine’ programme which is a drive to bring competitive cricket to state schools and addresses the decline in competitive school cricket. The single biggest sports development initiative ever undertaken in the UK, Chance to Shine will reach one third of all schools in England and Wales over ten years and engage two million young people.
Hymers College and Hull Zingari have a long association – the two organisations came together in Zingari’s first ever fixture at the Haworth Arms Field on 15th May 1897 when Hymers won by 37 runs. Over the years Hull Zingari and the Old Hymerians Cricket Club have met in the East Yorkshire Cup Competition, the Pennant Alliance, Humberside Federation and Newland Tuesday Evening Leagues, the Hull CC Circle Cup and the AJ Leake Sixes competition.