TEENAGERS were looking forward to their spectacular end of term Prom.
But the students have been left bitterly disappointed after bosses at the Galpharm Stadium cancelled the booking for their prom.
The Year 11 event for pupils of Colne Valley Specialist Arts College had been booked and paid for months ago, and was set to take place on Friday, June 25.
Sky Sports’ decision to cover the Hull KR game, however, has seen the game moved two days forward from Sunday, June 27 – meaning a hasty cancellation of the youngsters’ prom.
Tracey Rushworth’s son, Daniel, 15, was among many pupils who had paid for their tickets to the annual event, which has now been rescheduled elsewhere.
The mum-of-two said: “We got the letter on Friday. It said the school was sorry and they were working hard to find another venue.
“Since then they’ve hired the Brighouse Holiday Inn, which will mean parents paying for more expensive taxis for most and lots more for those who have hired limousines.
“We are very grateful for the efforts the school have gone to because this happening would have been a shock to them too.
“For me it’s a warning – if Sky come along and offer more money – your pre-booked event at the Galpharm will be dropped like a stone.
“I think the whole thing has been a bit offside.”
Ralph Rimmer, managing director at The Galpharm said: “Sky Sports are broadcast partners of the Rugby Football League and the RFL govern the Huddersfield Giants.
“Contractually they can select any game to broadcast up to 14 days prior to the scheduled fixture.
“The Stadium Company, KSDL, receives no revenue from Sky Sports for broadcast games and the Giants do not receive extra monies for appearing on Sky but are contractually bound to comply when they make such a selection.
“It is regrettable and although every effort is made to ensure that bookings are not taken when fixtures are due to be played, inevitably there are times when fixture changes caused by Sky mean that pre-booked events may then clash.
“It is for this reason that all clients making a booking are made aware in our terms and conditions that situations like this may occur and that sporting fixtures take priority.
“We informed Colne Valley High School at the earliest opportunity about the change in fixture and offered alternative dates and options.
“Unfortunately the alternative dates were not suitable and the school was provided with a full refund and an offer to assist in finding another venue and also help with administration work and making calls if required.”