Wheelchair RL team wins backing from Castleford Tigers

5 Towns Tigers Wheelchair Rugby League team.
5 Towns Tigers Wheelchair Rugby League team.

Castleford Tigers, through their charitable arm, the Tigers Trust, have announced their new association with 5 Towns Tigers Wheelchair Rugby League Team, who play in the official RFL Wheelchair Rugby League.

The Super League club will help the specialist wheelchair club with marketing and media exposure and other logistical assistance.

5 Towns Tigers will train at NEW College, Pontefract, every Thursday from 7 to 8pm and play their games at Knottingley Sports Centre in the new season.

The club provides opportunities for people of all ages who have physical disabilities to play wheelchair rugby that is so strong in this area of the country. Castleford Tigers have donated a set of playing shirts and will assist them in their quest for more players in what is an expanding sport.

Steve Greatorex, the coach of 5 Towns Tigers, who also runs Wakefield Able2 club, is delighted at the link between the clubs.

He said: “This is absolutely fantastic. From day one the Tigers Trust has been really helpful and I know that this will help us to expand our club.

“Our players are encouraged to involve their friends and families because, unlike some disability sports, wheelchair rugby league is fully inclusive, meaning that the game can be enjoyed by ‘able-bodied’ people as well.

“The association with Castleford Tigers will encourage young wheelchair-users to get involved and this will enable more children to become more independent in an exciting and enjoyable setting.”

Castleford Tigers chief executive Steve Gill said: “The Tigers Trust has a long and successful history of managing and delivering a wide range of projects across Castleford and the surrounding Five Towns area.

“This is a perfect fit and demonstrates the Tigers Trust’s wish to branch out and do more in the general community as a whole. We look forward to 5 Towns Tigers being in the mix in both their league and cup competitions this season.”