Trinity’s Community Foundation has received a generous donation from Adam Hills as a ‘Thank You’ for continued promotion and commitment to Physical Disability Rugby League.
The Australian Comedian, of Channel 4’s ‘Last Leg’ show, wants to make the sport as accessible as possible for all who want to partake. The donation stems from the proceeds of the ‘Take His Legs’ documentary which helped to raise awareness, understand the concept of the Rugby League variant and follow Warrington Wolves Foundation PDRL team on their journey to Sydney, Australia, where they played against South Sydney Rabbitohs in the first PDRL World Club Challenge.
Trinity followed the Wolves and Leeds Rhinos as the third club to develop a team for people with physical disabilities and have had the privilege of playing at some stunning venues over the last two years including Old Trafford as a curtain-raiser to the 2019 Betfred Super League Grand Final where they faced off against local rivals, Castleford Tigers.
2020 has been a challenge for everyone globally but with restrictions on Disability Rugby League because of the perceived higher risk to participants we have been unable to continue our regular Monday evening training slots.
Development Officer, Craig Fisher, who leads on physical, learning and wheelchair activities at Trinity was delighted with the much-needed financial kick start, “Naturally, given the inactivity due to the ongoing pandemic we haven’t received core funding from the Rugby Football League for our disability provision. We try to make our provision cost-free for all involved and through fundraising and sponsorship as well as the core funding we make it work on an annual basis so to receive such a generous donation from Adam Hills is incredible and gives us a real shot in the arm for 2021. A huge thank you on behalf of everyone at the club. We really enjoyed watching ‘Take His Legs’ last year and the spotlight is provided for our great sport as well as the difference we make in our communities.
In early October, Amazon Prime will release ‘These Sporting Lives’ a short documentary highlighting the benefits Physical Disability Rugby League provided for three Wakefield Trinity players – Darren Dean, Connor Lynes and Ben Nicholson. It follows them to the Gold Coast, Australia, where they spent time with Gold Coast Titans hosted by their Award-Winning Community Foundation in their quest to raise awareness.
More information will be shared soon, once the scheduled release date becomes known.