It has been a long, painful summer for rugby league fans, with much of the game outside the top flight grinding to a halt because of the restrictions brought about as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

With that in mind, we thought we'd delve into our archives to simpler times when clubs were not only playing with their first teams, they were also able to put on summer training camps for young players to try their hand at rugby league and test out their skills.

In August 2006 Barrow Raiders did just that when they invited promising children to have a go at rugby league with the opportunity to hone their talent.

The sessions were held down at Craven Park, the club's home, and allowed youngsters to work on keeping hold of the ball under pressure, throwing passes which were both powerful and accurate, and refining their ball control to be able to reel in a tricky pass under pressure.

Among those taking part were Cameron Cooper, Bradley Russell, Niall Kerr, Ryan Clegg and Sam Coulsin.

They got to practice slinging passes, riding tackles and plucking the ball out of the air on the same pitch as some of their local rugby heroes.