Hull KR fan Oliver chosen for Super League scheme

Oliver Shipley, 13, pictured with his trophies PA1207-5a
Oliver Shipley, 13, pictured with his trophies PA1207-5a

DESPITE there being no rugby league club in his home town, Oliver Shipley has been chosen to train with two Super League teams.

Oliver, a pupil at Headlands School, began playing for Bridlington Bulls juniors as a seven-year-old, but shortly afterwards the club disbanded.

After a brief spell playing in Hull, he joined up with Skirlaugh Bulls and has now been picked for the Hull Rugby League Service Area Under 13 programme.

He will train for a total of 20 weeks with the city’s two professional clubs, dividing his time between Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers. It means he will travel to Hull three times a week to fulfil his training and playing commitments and this selection is the first step on the rugby league talent pathway which could lead to selection for regional squads.

During his time with Skirlaugh Bulls, Oliver, of Pinfold Grove, Bridlington, has won three Player of the Year Awards and one Top Try Scorer award

Training with Hull KR will be an extra treat for the 13-year-old because he and his family, are season ticket holders at Craven Park.

Skirlaugh Bulls are part sponsored this season by a Bridlington company, Alexandra Holiday Apartments of Alexandra Drive.