Castleford RUFC are a champion club

A typical training session for the Bumble Bees where involvement is the key.
A typical training session for the Bumble Bees where involvement is the key.

Castleford RUFC have received a funding boost after being designated a Wakefield Council Champion Club.

The club has received a £500 grant as part of West Yorkshire Sport’s Creating Connections Inclusive Sport Fund project, which aims to increase the number of disabled people (aged over 14) taking part in regular sporting activity.

Castleford RUFC is one of only five clubs in the Wakefield district to achieve this designation in recognition of the steps taken to become a truly inclusive sports club.

The Creating Connections initiative will promote regular opportunities for disabled people to take part in physical activity and play sport at clubs and help to bring a better understanding of the desire for provision of inclusive activity.

The Willowbridge club played host to the Bumble Bees Barbarians on Sunday when they made a presentation about the benefits to be gained from adopting an inclusive club membership then play a match against a Castleford Select XV, followed by an after-match buffet.

The Bumble Bees are trail blazers and are England’s only mixed ability team featuring players with and without disabilities playing contact rugby.

Castleford RUFC’s honorary secretary Steve Ball, said: “We are very pleased to have our efforts recognised. This will help us to develop as a club and grow a wider membership base that will set us apart from other sporting clubs in our area.

“The Bumble Bees will help us to kick-start our efforts and we are grateful for their assistance and we will give them a very warm welcome.”

Lisa Moseley, sport development officer of West Yorkshire Sport, commented: “We are really excited about the Creating Connections project and the opportunity to get more disabled people active.

“The project, funded by the Sport England Inclusive Sport Fund, aims to link sport, health and disabled people’s organisations across West Yorkshire to create a pathway for sports participation. The link with Castleford RUFC is a great example of how local clubs can be involved to increase the number and quality of inclusive opportunities.”