Rovers welcome wheelchair team

Featherstone Rovers wheelchair rubgy team.'Team captain Jamie Stead (centre) pictured with Simon Riley (L) & Daryl Powell (R) and th rest of the team.'p6208a135'Picture: Andrew Bellis.
Featherstone Rovers wheelchair rubgy team.'Team captain Jamie Stead (centre) pictured with Simon Riley (L) & Daryl Powell (R) and th rest of the team.'p6208a135'Picture: Andrew Bellis.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers has welcomed new talent to its fold with the addition of players on wheels.

The rugby club’s newest team – dubbed the Featherstone Rovers Wheelchair RLFC – were inducted into the club two weeks ago.

The team, which used to play as the Wakefield Whirlwinds, will now proudly sport the name and kit of Featherstone’s home team.

Steve Greatorex, secretary for the team, said: “This seemed like the logical step. Rugby is the game played in Featherstone and now we’re part of the Rovers’ team.

“It’s given us the feeling of belonging and we now have that support from them. It’s brilliant.”

The team, who practice at Featherstone Technology College, is open to both able-bodied and disabled people.

Simon Riley, Rovers’ chief executive, said: “It’s about expanding the rugby league family at Featherstone Rovers.

“Steve asked if we could support the basketball team and we realised it was a great opportunity for us to complete our portfolio of teams. It’s a sport for everyone. We’re going to get some our players having a go.”

The club is looking for members aged 14 to 25. Anyone interested in joining should contact Steve Greatorex on greatorex_s@sky.com or call 01977 709576.