Knottingley aim to make a raid on new White Rose League
The rugby stronghold that is the Castleford area is facing a little competition in the form of American Football with a team making a go of it in Knottingley.
The Knottingley Raiders may not yet have the pull of the Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers, but this little club with ambitions are beginning to make strides.
They have recently been granted a Sport England Covid 19 Return To Play grant, which will give the team the financial backing to compete in the forthcoming British season.
The funding provided will enable the club to buy new training equipment, a dedicated storage facility and cover a number of overheads for the upcoming season.
“This really is fantastic news for the club and we would like to thank Sport England for this grant,” said Raiders committee member Dan Caine.
“It’s fantastic to get the news out there to the local communities to encourage people to come down and try out the sport.
“We are always on the look out for new players, so what better time to join than now?”
The club is based at Knottingley RUFC’s Marsh Lane ground and for the upcoming 2021 season the Raiders will battle it out in the newly formed White Rose League.
Their opponents will be Sheffield Giants, Doncaster Mustangs, Yorkshire Rams, Humber Warhawks and Leeds Bobcats with their first game against the Sheffield club on Sunday, June 27.
Training, which recently began again after restrictions were lifted, is on Sundays from 10am to 1pm at Marsh Lane.