The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation is excited to announce that the all-new documentary ‘These Sporting Lives’ has premiered exclusively on Amazon Prime.
The new screening, directed and produced by Luke Bower-Massey, brings the focus on three Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation players, bringing to life the way physical disability rugby league has changed their lives forever.
After being founded in 2018, Trinity’s PDRL side have been making huge in-roads throughout the disability game.
After starting through casual matches against fellow sides, the game took another step forward in 2019 when they came runners up in the inaugural PDRL Grand Final before making a half-time appearance at Super League’s showpiece event in front of over 60,000 people.
The rise of the game has been quite remarkable over the past few years, with six Super League side’s all boasting PDRL teams. This meteoric rise caught the eye of stand-up comedian and Last Leg presenter, Adam Hills, who has helped grow the game on a national scale and recently funded a donation to the Trinity Foundation.
It isn’t just big-name celebrities noticing all the fantastic work going on at Belle Vue, though. In September 2019, the Trinity Community Foundation was nominated for the ‘Super League Foundation of the Year’ award, only to be edged out by Warrington Wolves Foundation.
This well-deserved recognition came through the valued time and effort Trinity has put into securing extra opportunities for both the PD and LDRL sides as well as the commitment they have shown to help schools and communities in the Wakefield region.
However, this new documentary focusses on the three Trinity players who embarked on a trip of a lifetime. Last summer, Connor Lynes, Ben Nicholson and club captain, Darren Dean, teamed up with the Gold Coast legends to face off against the Australian side’s PDRL team at half-time of Titans’ game against Brisbane.
This was the pinnacle of their rugby league lives, but this new programme isn’t just about the sport, it is the story of how three ordinary people with a disability defied the odds and showing that anything is possible.
Much of the documentary lifts the lids on how they fought back adversity to play the sport they love as well as how the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation has improved their lives and countless others on their road to reaching new heights.
Screening to a global audience has once again put the club and the city of Wakefield in the spotlight, which will hopefully draw people in on the fantastic work the Foundation does for its communities.
Speaking just before the premiere of the documentary, Trinity’s Head of Foundation, Craig Shepherd, insists that reaching a local audience over the past few years has been a struggle and believes this is exactly the exposure needed going forward.
With the project backed by Fulwell 73 Productions, partnered with Late Late Show host James Corden, all the funds created by the documentary will be re-invested straight back into the Foundation, so projects like this can carry on being deployed throughout 2021.
Shepherd, who took the role of Head of Foundation in 2017, urges the wider audience to watch the documentary to get a taste of how the Foundation helps the communities they serve, getting a flavour of how they support individuals to change their lives for the better.