Halifax RLFC are extremely proud to support our outstanding local side; Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League. 2016 saw the squad win 68-54 to claim a second-successive Wheelchair Rugby League Premier League title, but they had to dig deep to see off Leeds Rhinos in an entertaining and close encounter at Medway Park, Gillingham. Click here to read the match report.
YORKSHIRE youngsters will find it easier than ever to try their hands at wheelchair rugby league after the children’s charity of rugby presented a local club with three new chairs.
Wooden Spoon Yorkshire’s backing of Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club will enable newcomers to experience the fast, exciting sport as well as providing more opportunities for experienced players.
The chairs were handed to club president Malcolm Kielty by Yorkshire Committee members David Fenton, Nigel Shaw and Andy Proud ahead of a training session at Calderdale College Sports Hall – with the braver members of the group invited to strap themselves in and give the sport a try for themselves.
Andy Proud said: “It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the wheelchair users for this sport, and a credit to Malcolm and his team at Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League.
“Under their guidance, I’m sure these chairs will see many years service encouraging these youngsters and generations to come to get fit and take part in wheelchair rugby”.
Wooden Spoon Yorkshire’s generosity was previously recognised by Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club when Malcolm Kielty hosted Stuart Watson and Adam Hirst on the club’s pre-match lunch table during Rugby League’s The Qualifiers showdown between Halifax and Widnes in August.
The event featured a short speech from Malcolm in which he recognised Wooden Spoon’s contribution to the growth of wheelchair rugby league among children.
Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club is one of the sport’s leading sides, having been crowned Grand Final and Challenge Cup winners in both 2016 and 2017 and claiming the European Championship in 2014.
This is an ever-growing sport played by people of all ages, gender and abilities. The sport is certainly a very tough, fast and exhilarating spectacle, played and watched by people with and without disabilities.
Our local side hold regular events and training sessions and play competitive fixtures in the national league plus development festivals.
The club start their 2017 training at C/College Thursday 19th January 7-9pm, Old and new participants are welcome at the Hannah Cockroft Inspire sports hall, whether they have an impairment or not and no there is no age barrier.