Royal award for Castleford Rugby Union Club

Castleford Rugby Union Club
Castleford Rugby Union Club

Castleford Rugby Union Club has scooped an award for its work in providing sports opportunities for people with disabilities.

The club was awarded the Duke of York’s Community Initiative, which recognises successful community projects.

Stephen Ball, honorary secretary, said: “It’s great to get the award. It’s recognition for the fact that we are trying to create opportunities for everyone to get involved in rugby.

“We’ve always been known as the place where the car boot sale is held and we want to change that.”

The club, on Willowbridge Lane in Whitwood, received £950 from Wakefield Council’s neighbourhood improvement fund to set up the team for people with disabilities and learning difficulties last month.

Mr Ball said it hoped to provide an opportunity to at least 20 adults with learning difficulties or moderate physical or sensory impairment to join as club members and train on a regular basis.

He added: “The aim is to form the nucleus of a squad that will be joined by our regular senior players to train and then to play friendly matches with local mixed ability teams like the Bradford Bumble Bees and friendlies with other clubs or organisations in the region.”

He added: “Thanks for everyone for their efforts over the years to keep the club going and growing.”

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