Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Wakefield College

WTCF partner with Wakefield College to increase Disability Rugby League participation

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation and Wakefield College are proud to be working together to provide physical and learning disability students with opportunities in Rugby League.

Lockdown 3.0 has affected everyone in their own way, with many being challenged regarding their physical and mental health. 

This is why we have partnered with Wakefield College aiming to use sport to help people get back to a new/normal way of life.

Wakefield College already offers sports sessions for their disability and foundation learners. However, specialised Rugby League sessions will be delivered by the Foundation’s experienced and qualified team, which, in turn, will open the possibility of a new audience engaging with the game.

As well as the club bringing with them their experienced coaches, it also opens doors to more regular sports participation outside of an education environment with their DRL teams.

The College sessions will act as a taster to spark excitement and intrigue into Disability Rugby League and, hopefully, improve College participation numbers as well as improved external opportunities to play and compete. 

On top of the experienced coaches already being provided, Wakefield College will also assist students on the BTEC Level 3 Sports Coaching qualification to educate them around the landscape and challenges faced in disability sport and the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the field. 

Head of Wakefield College’s Sports Academy, Ben Severn, said, “To have the chance to work with a leading Super League club in Disability Rugby League is an amazing opportunity. 

"We have done some work building our disability sport provision over the last few years with regular football and multi-sport sessions but to be able to now open this up to rugby is a great step forward. The College works with the club on a variety of other projects such as male and female rugby, female football, NCS and community projects, so to add their knowledge and experience is very exciting.”

Ben Severn - Head of Wakefield College's Sports Academy

While, the Foundation’s Rugby League Development Officer, Craig Fisher, followed, “This is a unique opportunity to introduce more participants into the world of Disability Rugby League.

“As a Foundation, we are really pleased to be able to partner with Wakefield College and coach the next generation of Rugby League professionals.

“In recent years, the disability game has gone from strength-to-strength and we are excited to continue this outstanding work.”

The project will, hopefully, begin later this year once all parties deem it safe to do so, following both the Government and RFL guidance. 

For more information or to enquire about the Foundation’s disability set-up, please email [email protected].  

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