Halifax Panthers Wheelchair Rugby League Club is an integral part of the Halifax Panthers Rugby League family. As well as being one of wheelchair sport’s most successful teams, the club also has close links with the community in Calderdale.

For the first team, the last ten years have seen a number of successes, including a league championship, two wins in Grand Finals, three Challenge Cup victories and a European Championship. Twice they have done the Grand-final, Challenge Cup double.

New Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that a new sponsor has been secured for Halifax Panthers Wheelchair Rugby League Club, in ACL Industrial Flooring.

They will be the 2023 Leisure wear sponsors and Principle sponsors for 2024, and 2025.

Our Chair Donna Turner said “ we appreciate their support so much, which will help us expand our club with the creation of a development team and have more venue hours. Training will not only be at our historic base of Calderdale College on a Thursday evenings 7-9pm starting 2nd March, but at Sedbergh Leisure centre, Bradford, primarily for the super league team to train and play on a full size surface. “

2023 “Try It” Session & Squad Training Dates

Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club are running more ‘TRY IT’ Sessions in 2023.
Venue: Calderdale College , Inspire Sports Hall. Please book in your attendance with Malcolm Kielty 07946510900 or malcolm.kielty@outlook.com

2023 ( All School Holidays )
Thursday 16 th February 6pm till 7pm
Thursday 13 th April 6pm till 7pm
Thursday 1 st June 6pm till 7pm

Full Squad Training

The full squad starts on Thursday March 2nd, 7pm till 9pm and every Thursday thereafter
7pm till 9pm. Head Coach Wayne Boardman , England World Cup winner.

2023 Kit & Sponsors

Our 2023 kit and sponsors have been released and we’re really pleased with the new look for the new year.

We’d like to thank all our sponsors for helping the club to grow and look forward to sharing a very successful 2023 with them..

Playing Kit

The playing shirt, above, features the following:

Robert Lees    Main Sponsor
Robert Wade Cars   Shirt Rear
Chris Green ; Volunteer Arms   Shirt sleeve
Calderdale Community Coaching Trust    Shirt Sleeve

Leisure Kit

The new Leisure kit sponsor is ACL Industrial Flooring

We will also in season 2023 run a Development squad. ANYONE who wishes to join / have a go get in touch with Malcolm Kielty on malcolm.kielty@outlook.com for details.

Taster Sessions (pre-booking required)

If you’ve been inspired by England’s World cup triumph, you can give Wheelchair Rugby Leage a try in Halifax – sessions start Monday 28th November, are entirely free and are open to everyone.

Please book a session before turning up. Call Malcolm Kielty on 07946510900 or email with your preferred date/s and he will get back to you on availability: malcolm.kielty@outlook.com

Introduction to Wheelchair Rugby League – Download & Read a guide to the sport

Report: Roosters 42: Halifax Panthers 54

Report: Roosters 42: Halifax Panthers 54
Venue: Medway Park

Part of a Festival in Kent, the last game of the season was a great game between two teams who have enjoyed close encounters all year and this was no different. The panthers started well with Wayne Boardman and Rob Hawkins in control and pushing the lead out to 18 points with some clever play in the first quarter. Jason Owen enjoyed a purple patch for the Roosters with innovative kicking and scored a quick fire hat trick to drag the Roosters back in to the game. Failing to capitalize, the

Roosters lost momentum and Halifax dominated the second quarter and racked up a 14-36 lead at half time. The Roosters rallied in the second half and enjoyed periods of dominance, but never quite catching up with the lead. Jack Linden scored a great individual try, reminiscent of NRL flying wingers before he capped off a great team effort where all players handled twice before he scored on the hooter. It was in vain as Fax had been too good and enjoyed a two score lead throughout and will face Wigan at home in two weeks whilst the Roosters will travel to Leeds

Home Team Coach Tom Coyd said ‘We are pleased with our effort today and learned that we can match anyone on the day. We play knockout football next time around and, with a couple of key players returning, have much to build on from this game

Away Team Coach Wayne Board said ‘We got the job done today. All six of our travelling players had a role to play and they made it work. The Roosters gave us a game and we enjoyed the match, executed our plays and put ourselves in a good place for a home semi final

Wheelchair RL at Ryburn Valley High

Halifax Panthers Nathan Mulhall and Zak Dewhirst were up at Ryburn Valley High School last week, running wheelchair rugby sessions Year 7 pupils.

Any other school who wishes to receive this form of rugby league can email malcolm.kielty@outlook.com

New Sponsors Promise Bright Future

16 June 2022:

Halifax Panthers Wheelchair Rugby League Club are pleased to announce that they will be sponsored by Robert Lee Distribution Ltd for the forthcoming year, arguably the UK’s largest independent distributor of bathrooms, showers and plumbing products, supplying retailers and merchants.

Their head office is located in Waltham Abbey and branches at Swindon, Tamworth & Manchester.

Donna Turner, chair of Halifax Wheelchair RLC, said “ the club were the trailblazers of the sport back in 2005, and finished top of the Wheelchair Super League’s 2022 regular season. We are now embarking on the play off rounds hoping to be crowned Grand Final winners in October.

Founder and current treasurer of the club Malcolm Kielty MBE highlighted that “ this is an expensive sport to run, costing some £15k a year in Venue hire, equipment and transport costs.

“Whilst the club members fund raise themselves, to have this support is a great boost and we cannot thank Daryl Catanach and Adele Green, of Robert Lee Distribution Ltd, enough for their help in the arrangements. Knowing that we have secured a main sponsor for the forthcoming twelve months means we can invest in the young players which will be the stars of the future .”

“We hope that our partners and the general business sector of Calderdale will support our new sponsors wherever they can.”

Julio’s Story

The story, which is Julio, total deafness, Halifax Panthers Wheelchair RL and the RLWC 2021

Julio was born in El Salvador on 30th September 1993.

Family sought asylum in the UK on 2nd January 2021.

They have lived in Halifax since 22nd January 2021.

Julio Cesar Hernandez Acevedo was first introduced to Halifax Panthers Wheelchair RLC after he had attended a running game along with Adrian Bell who is the Integration Programme Co-ordinator for St Augustine’s Centre based on Hanson Lane in Halifax. Adrian contacted the club and brought Julio along to his first training session.

Club volunteer Nicki Slingsby, single mother of three, now young men, one of whom is Harry Brown a disabled Paralympian Wheelchair GB basketball player living in Albacete, Spain and Jack Brown who captained and played for Halifax and England, now living in Townsville, Australia Plus her youngest son Joseph who currently plays for Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club and is still living in Halifax.

Nicki and several of the group liaise with Julio by Google translate which, works very well. He has grasped the essence of the game and loves the camaraderie, and his skills are growing with each session, as being a physically able person pushing the sports-chair isn’t a natural action. Sensory impairment has helped all the group to be patient and acknowledge they must be in front of Julio for him to realise his attention. Likewise, Julio has learned how to react and respect his peripheral vison to see where he should on the court due to him not being able to hear his teammates calls.

The exposure of the game from the RLWC has increased the clubs’ attendances and cultural mix, with Asian and European local young people coming along to try the sport.  

Now with the expressions of interest being shown for the world cup in France in 2025 he just maybe able to play for his ‘ Home ‘ country?