Rugby league stars have been coaching the next generation of players.

Whitehaven Rugby League stars, Lachlan Walmsley, Nikau Williams and Ryan King shared their skills with young players from Kells Amateur Rugby League Club.

The coaching session held on Kells' welfare pitch was a success, with the rugby rising stars keen to learn from the three players.

Des Byrne, team manager at Whitehaven Rugby League Club, said: “After the last year it’s great to see kids out enjoying themselves.

“We were delighted to be asked by Kells ARL to help out with one of their coaching sessions.

“The three players that attended all enjoyed the session and going by the kids’ smiles during it, they enjoyed it too.

“We are only to happy to help at any club, where we can, to help a club attract more youngsters to play organised sport.”

Lachlan Walmsley said: “It was good to be able to help out. The kids were all keen and enthusiastic and showed some good skills. I hope they do well in the future.”

Nikau Williams said: “I enjoyed it. The kids were great. There are some good young lads playing there. I hope they do well.”

Ryan King added: “It’s good to get out in the community and help out like this. Kids like these are the future of the game and there were some good ones at Kells.”

Callum Nightingale, Kells ARL coach, said: “Massive thanks to Whitehaven Rugby League especially, Lachlan, Nikau and Ryan for their time on Saturday morning.

“All three lads were brilliant with the kids, giving them a very enjoyable session and I’m sure the kids would love them back for another session later in the season.

“I’d like to wish them all the best in the coming season for Whitehaven Rugby League.”

Tyce Walmsley, Kells under-12s captain, said: “We were looking forward to it all week and it didn’t disappoint.

“It was great to train with them and hopefully some of the team can keep developing to play for Whitehaven in the future.”