Barrow Raiders’ summer roadshow has continued to gather momentum over the last week with dozens turning up for their kids training session at Barrow Park last Friday.

The central venue in the town was the third different setting for the club’s ‘Raiders on the Road’ programme, which aims to bring rugby to different areas of the community.

It all started at the Ormsgill Children’s Centre on a scorchingly hot day the previous week before moving on to Mill Lane, Walney.

The Raiders’ visit to the Vulcan Estate had to be rearranged due to last week’s wet weather, while similar events are pencilled in to take place at Askam and Millom in the near future.

Community liaison officer Siona Hartley said: “The numbers are increasing for each one that we do and we’ll make sure to get around as many areas of Barrow as we can, so we’re going to go to the Vulcan green space, Barrow Island and we’ve got Askam, Millom and Hindpool to do.

“The numbers are pretty significant, the word is getting round and people are being very positive and we’ve had a new player who has joined the community team.”

That new player is French prop Paul Séguier, who signed for Barrow on loan until the end of the season from Super League club Catalans Dragons three weeks ago.

Séguier joins Papua New Guinea internationals Stargroth Amean and Wartovo Puara as part of a scheme that gives kids from the area the chance to and learn off some of the Raiders’ players.

The 21-year-old will also be part of the Raiders’ summer camp and the girls’ training sessions, which will all take place at the club’s Craven Park ground this month.

Hartley is delighted with how popular this new initiative has turned out to be, saying: “This is experimental and we want it to be something we can do regularly in the future.

“We’re looking to try and apply for funding so that this venture, Raiders on the Road, can be something that we can do regularly to take rugby to the communities.

“We will have times where we come to places like Barrow Park, but we also want to make sure we’re in the heart of the communities as well.”