Castleford’s disability sports day is a roaring success

Winners of the inclusive touch rugby competition at the Castleford RUFC disability sports day
Winners of the inclusive touch rugby competition at the Castleford RUFC disability sports day
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The first Castleford RUFC Disability Sports Day Community Games proved a big success when more than 150 people enjoyed a day packed with sporting activities.

The highlight of the day was the inclusive touch rugby tournament, which was keenly contested by teams made up of guests and club members.

The Games were officially opened by club president Philip Murray and 5TownsFM, Community Radio, acknowledging the funding provided by the Wakefield Annual Cash Giveaway Scheme managed by the Community Foundation for Wakefield District, in association with Wakefield Express and Community Games.

People of all ages enjoyed local crafts and baking and come-and-try sports sessions staged by Castleford RUFC and Wakefield Flyerz Hockey.

The assault course, school sports and tug of war proved to be popular alongside the touch rugby and hockey by all participants from age three to 63.

Castleford Tigers’ mascot JT and 5TownsFM kept everyone entertained, joining in with all the activity sessions.

Steve Ball, Castleford RUFC honorary secretary, said: “The event was a great success and all day people were telling us how much they were enjoying themselves.

“We hope that the Disability Sports Day and Community Games will definitely be part of our annual calendar now!”

Fraser Watson, community inclusion manager at Care UK Castleford, said: “We have been working alongside Castleford RUFC since October 2013 to facilitate rugby activity sessions for all abilities.

“The skill and confidence levels of our service users have grown immensely since starting and it has shown them that they are able to do anything that they want to do.

“Each service user has gained new skills and improved their fitness, flexibility, communication skills and team work in such a short period of time. We were pleased to help in the organisation of the Disability Sports Day and overwhelmed by the success of the day, allowing everyone to become involved.

“This showed the club’s attitude towards providing sporting opportunities for all.”