Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Physical Disability Rugby League | Inclusion Round

Since its inception in 2018, Physical Disability Rugby League at Wakefield Trinity has gone from strength to strength.

From trips to Australia to back-to-back Grand Final appearances, the side has taken a huge amount of success, offering memories of a lifetime for the people involved.

Starting with just a handful of participants, training out of Be Well Support Stadium’s Legend’s bar, PDRL at Wakefield Trinity has taken huge steps forward in recent years.

Now, training takes place every Monday evening at Eastmoor Dragons ARLFC, with festivals littered across the year. Rewind to 2018, however, Wakefield Trinity was one of the founding members of the PDRL league, entering competitions with other Super League clubs.

An extremely successful year in 2019 saw Trinity reach the first-ever Super League PDRL Grand Final, taking a trip across the Pennines to Old Trafford to play on centre-stage.

After a rip-roaring affair on the Theatre of Dreams, Trinity fell just short on the say as Warrington took the spoils to become the first-ever PDRL Champions.

Either side of a year out due to Covid-19, 2019 continued to see progress being made, both on and off the field. After fundraising activities in the winter, three of our players entered a trip of a lifetime, flying down under to meet, and play against, the Gold Coast Titans’ side at half-time of their fixture against Brisbane Broncos.

Meeting new people and spreading awareness of the disability game offered the people of Australia a different outlook on Rugby League, offering the game the limelight it deserves.

This new experience transferred onto the pitch, and when they returned in 2021, the side went on to reach their second Grand Final in as many years following a strong campaign.

Again, Warrington stood in their way, however, with things looking promising for our PDRL side, the sky is the limit in 2022.

For more information on our disability setup, please email charlie.doherty@wakefieldtrinity.com.

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