Castleford RUFC played host to the Bumble Bees Barbarians for a practical display of Rugby For All.
A packed clubhouse was captivated by a presentation by the Bumbles’ inclusive rugby team about the benefits to be gained from adopting an inclusive club membership before a match between their mixed ability team and a Castleford select side.
The Bumble Bees are trail blazers and are England’s only mixed ability team featuring players with and without disabilities playing contact rugby and were invited to kick start Castleford’s Creating Connections Inclusive Sport Fund project, which aims to increase the number of disabled people taking part in regular sporting activity.
Castleford RUFC will promote regular opportunities for disabled people to take part in physical activity and play rugby at their club.
Castleford secretary Steve Ball said: “The Bumble Bees are the best advertisement for the benefits to be gained by giving more disabled people the opportunity to be active and, more so, to engage fully in rugby.
“I have never heard a packed clubhouse so quiet when listening to the presentation and the full applause was heart-felt. We were truly grateful for their assistance .”
Daniel Price, Castleford’s first team player-coach added: “What a fantastic day for the club. It was special and I learned a lot about my players and the way they approached the match, which was played in tremendous spirit. I was very proud to be a Castleford player and humbled to be involved in such a great fixture.”
Mark Goodwin, of the Bumble Bee Barbarians, said: “We really enjoyed the whole day at Castleford and our lads gave a great demonstration of how to promote rugby for all.
“We are looking forward to the return fixture which looks like being in December.”
Lisa Moseley, of West Yorkshire Sport, added: “It was great to witness such a good turn out and Castleford RUFC have shown how local clubs can be involved to increase the number and quality of inclusive opportunities.
“Today was a prime example of why I am really excited about the Creating Connections, which is funded by the Sport England Inclusive Sport Fund, and which aims to link sport, health and disabled people’s organisations across West Yorkshire to create a pathway for sports participation.”