Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation added another disability side to our ranks on Wednesday night as our first-ever Wheelchair RL side launched for 2021.
Taking place at Woodkirk Academy’s Sports Hall, newly-appointed head coach, Gavin Dobson, was joined by six new faces, with many trying the sport for the very first time.
The first session was also bolstered by the inclusion of England Internationals Lenny Izzard, Wayne Boardman and Ewan Clibbans, who were on hand to offer expert tips and tricks from the highest level of the game.
With a World Cup on the horizon in the Autumn, the Foundation were one of the lucky organisations to be selected to receive funding through #CreatedBy RLWC2021’s Capital Grants Programme late last year.
This new side joins our already well-established disability set-up, with both our learning and physical disability sides going from strength to strength over the past few years.
Now, four months on, players are able to take to the court, with our disability team manager, Anthony Baker, stating that he is excited about the year ahead.
“Disability Rugby League is growing both throughout the country and worldwide at the moment,” he said.
“The main thing for Wakefield Trinity is inclusion throughout the district, especially with players who didn’t think they could play with a disability.
“It is not about keeping up with anyone else but growing the sport within the city.”
While the RFL’s John McMullen, followed, “After conversations with certain people in the Foundation, talks were in place regarding a Legacy application ahead of this year’s World Cup.
“Through this, branded equipment was purchased using the funds acquired and to see so many new faces attending is fantastic, further showing the rise of the sport over the past few years”
With the all-new side up and running for 2021, places are still available every Wednesday with sessions running from 6 t0 7:30pm. To get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.