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Benson Selwyn Gets the Call Up

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Benson Selwyn, the successful Northern Swords U17s Coach since 2012, has answered the call from RLN for help.  With RLN needing to fulfil commitments to schools, Benson has taken up a short term contract to deliver RLN’s school program “Leadership through League”, in the Mid to Far North, starting with Northland College at the beginning of term 3.

“We were left a little bit in the lurch, so I’m really pleased to have Benson on board. He is a passionate League man and has worked hard for RLN for the last two seasons on a voluntary basis. I’m sure that Benson will prove his value in the schools. He is a well known local identity and with his success as a Swords Coach I’m sure that he can transfer these skills into the school environment,” said Alex Smits RLN General Manager

“It’s awesome to get the call up to help and to join an excellent team that is as passionate as I am to promote and nourish the game in Northland.  Junior League is what drives me and I hope to be able to get everyone in the North working together to increase participation for 2015, Benson Selwyn said.

Kaikohe is a key area for RLN and we have a lot of work to do to get League entrenched into the schools.  We have Northland College on board, and then we will go out to Opononi Area School and the Kura in Whirinaki.  The highlight of the program will be a Schools Festival on August 29th in Kaikohe.  This festival will be part of the Northland-wide Primary Schools competition that will culminate in the Northland Finals which will coincide with the Kiwis test match.

Benson will be kept busy as there are also plans for an Area Schools Nine-a-Side Competition on the back of delivering Leadership through League to Broadwood Area School plus a Year 5/6 Mini Mod Primary School Competition in Kaitaia.

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