Huddersfield Giants Wheelchair Rugby League Team’s first training session at their new home of Almondbury Sports Centre has proved a success.
Led by Matt Denison and assisted by other Huddersfield Giants Community Trust development officers, Craig Lee and Glenn Holdsworth, the first session enjoyed an excellent turn out.
The session was attended by mainstream and disabled participants with a wide range of ages taking part and provided a great opportunity to introduce wheelchair rugby to a new audience.
Wheelchair Rugby League offers both disabled and non-disabled players of both sexes the opportunity to compete both with and against each other on a level playing field.
The sport is unique among wheelchair sports in that it is not a derivative sport but is faithful to the rules of the game with tries, conversions and all the other familiar aspects of the game which makes it instantly recognisable as distinctly Rugby League.
This includes scoring ties, conversions, the five tackles are made as in tag Rugby League then the ball is handed to the opposition. Key rules such as offside, knock-ons and in touch also apply.
There are 10 teams competing regularly across the country with other Super League teams such as Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos having teams to their names.
The official season doesn’t begin until next year so there is plenty of time for new players to get involved, learn the rules and brush up on their skills.
Community coach Mr Denison said: “It was great turn out for the first session and everyone really enjoyed themselves. For anyone wanting to try a different version of Rugby League come down and have a go, it’s great fun.
Training is every Thursday at Almondbury Sports Centre, 5.15pm-7.15pm.