Explaining the origins of the Fassolette-Kielty Trophy

Here’s an article from the website https://www.rugby-league.com/ explaining the origins of the Fassolette-Kielty Trophy, and the part our own Malcolm Kielty played in the development of the wheelchair game in the UK.

England and France will pay tribute to two of the key figures in the instigation and development of Wheelchair Rugby League when they contest the Fassolette-Kielty Trophy in Saturday’s second Test at Medway (TV coverage).

The Trophy was commissioned in 2012 to reflect the immense contributions to the sport of France’s Robert Fassolette and England’s Malcolm Kielty – and the live BBC coverage of both of this autumn’s internationals, hors d’oeuvres before the feasts that lie ahead in the World Cup next year, underlines the foresight of the Wheelchair Rugby League pioneers on either side of the Channel.

Robert Fassolette’s influence on French Rugby League has extended well beyond the Wheelchair game, as he has also been a key figure in the XIII Actif movement fighting for justice relating to historic mistreatment of the sport in France – in addition to working in a number of other sports, currently including Paralympic swimming.

But it was two decades ago, at the start of this century, that Fassolette and his colleague Wally Salvan devised the concept and adapted the laws of  Rugby League to enable play in a wheelchair – with the emphasis on the sport being accessible to all, and being as close as possible to the laws of the running game.

A few years later Malcolm Kielty, whose father Stan gave such outstanding service to the Halifax club from 1946-58, picked up the baton in Yorkshire – and by 2008, England were joining France in heading for Australia for the inaugural Wheelchair RL World Cup (which England won!).

Malcolm, who contracted polio as a child, was awarded the MBE in 2013.

Halifax remains a stronghold of Wheelchair Rugby League in England, with Rob Hawkins and Nathan Mulhall representing the Panthers in the current squad – while France’s performance in beating England 49-24 in the first of this autumn’s internationals earlier this week underlined the quality of the reigning world champions.

Martin Coyd OBE, the General Manager of England Wheelchair Rugby League, said: “These are exciting times for Wheelchair Rugby League, with an extra year to continue to build on the unprecedented levels of coverage and interest following the postponement of the World Cup to 2022.

“It’s absolutely right that we pay tribute to the people who made all this possible when the current England and France teams play for the Fassolette-Kielty Trophy.”

Two Halifax Players in England Squad

England have strengthened their squad for next week’s two-Test series against France at Medway and two Halifax Panthers’ players are included, Nathan Mulhall and Rob Hawkins.

England have also recalled Martin Norris of Wigan Warriors after a seven-year absence, and include Freya Levy of the Argonauts for the first time.

Norris and Levy are rewarded for the form they showed in the closing stages of the Betfred Wheelchair Super League season, as England refocus following the postponement of the World Cup to the autumn of 2022.

France are the reigning World Cup champions, and after the first Test on Wednesday November 10 (630pm kick-off), Wheelchair Rugby League’s oldest rivals will play for the Fassolette-Kielty Trophy – named after pioneers on either side of the Channel – in the second Test on Saturday November 13 (4pm kick-off).

Both games will be shown live on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and app, and limited tickets are still available.

Norris was a member of the first Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby League team in 2006 and captained the side from 2008-14, including in two World Cup campaigns, before putting his career on hold after a move to Lincolnshire.

“I’m really honoured to be back involved and looking to use my experiences to help the squad be successful,” said the Lancastrian, who will be a member of Wigan Warriors’ first Wheelchair RL squad in 2022.

In contrast Freya Levy is a recent convert to Wheelchair Rugby League after previously representing England at Wheelchair Basketball and Para Ice Hockey. Originally from Essex, she has become a regular in Kent playing for the Argonauts – and will be joined in the England squad by club team-mates Joe Coyd, Lewis King and Fred Nye.

“It’s a complete honour to be putting on an England shirt for Rugby League next week and I hope it’s the start of many more,” she said. “As the only female in the team, both the staff and squad have made me feel incredibly welcome and at home. I’m excited for what the future holds with this team, especially with the World Cup next year. The delay has enabled us to train harder and smarter to be in the best possible position to take home the trophy.”

Head Coach Tom Coyd includes three members of the Leeds Rhinos team who clinched a domestic double with victories in the Challenge Cup Final in Sheffield and the Super League Grand Final in Medway – James Simpson, Nathan Collins and Tom Halliwell, who led England to a big win over Wales in his first game as captain in the Mid-Season International in June. 

Norris is joined by his future Wigan team-mates Declan Roberts and Adam Rigby, a member of the Leyland Warriors team beaten by Leeds in the Grand Final, and the 13-strong squad is completed by Seb Bechara (Catalans Dragons), and Rob Hawkins and Nathan Mulhall of Halifax Panthers.

The week also includes an England Knights v France Espoirs fixture on Friday November 12.

Tom Coyd said: “We have selected the best domestic English players for the toughest matches we have played since 2019. Our preparation has been excellent and we’re excited to measure ourselves against the best in the world.”

Martin Coyd OBE, the General Manager of Wheelchair Rugby League, adds: 
Coming after a year of total inaction on the field in 2020 and a fragmented start to the 2021 season, all as a result of Covid restrictions, we have this great opportunity to end the year with a mouth-watering series.

“We have got over the disappointment of the World Cup postponement and are fully focused on the opportunities presented to raise the bar even higher. We have undergone a ground-breaking, science-based testing programme at Leeds Beckett University and are developing our on-field performance with innovative data analysis which is giving us a valuable insight into our play.

“We have invested a huge amount into building our capability in football, sports science, medicine and equipment and this is a timely opportunity to benchmark ourselves against the French a year out from the World Cup.”

England’s revised schedule for the World Cup in 2022 is expected to be confirmed later this month.

England Wheelchair RL National Performance Squad

Joe Coyd – Argonauts 

James Simpson – Leeds Rhinos

Seb Bechara – Catalans Dragons

Lewis King – Argonauts 

Nathan Collins – Leeds Rhinos

Tom Halliwell (C) – Leeds Rhinos

Adam Rigby – Wigan Warriors

Rob Hawkins – Halifax Panthers

Declan Roberts – Wigan Warriors

Nathan Mulhall – Halifax Panthers

Fred Nye – Argonauts 

Martin Norris – Wigan Warriors

Freya Levy – Argonauts

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

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Women in Sport has launched #TimeTogether, its national campaign to empower daughters and mums to reconnect and discover new ways to get active together whilst inspiring others to do so too.Following a year of widespread disruption where activity levels have dropped and time online has soared, the charity is calling on daughters and mums to set aside time to reconnect through exercise and activity.    

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Football for Peace and the Football Association are co-launching the Mesut Özil Development centre at the University of Bradford alongside Bradford City AFC.The Football for Peace Mesut Özil Centre, sponsored by Innaree, will be hosted at the University of Bradford and run football and life skill sessions at Bradford City AFC’s training ground providing opportunity for South Asian players.    

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Get Yourself Active newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter. This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been up to during the month of September – along with some opportunities, news and insight that we hope will be of interest. You’ll hear more from us next month!
Get Yourself Active offers free co-production training for the sport sector
 Get Yourself Active is now offering co-production training to national sport and leisure organisations as well as groups in the localities of Haringey, Bristol and Gloucestershire. The training will help organisations gain confidence to co-produce with Disabled people, improving access and reducing barriers to physical activity. If you work in these places, we would love to invite your organisation to learn more about improving opportunities for Disabled people to access physical activity through co-production training. We want to lead change in the social care, health, and sport sectors, to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Disabled people and help them to get active in a way that is right for them. Our team has been working closely with other Disabled people’s user-led organisations (DPULO’s) and the sport sector to embed co-production in practice.We offer training to a range of organisations that deliver physical activity, whether you co-produce activities already or not. As long as you have an interest and would like to do more, we can and want to work with you. Currently, we are providing training both at a national level as well as in three areas – Gloucestershire, Haringey and Bristol in partnership with local DPULO’s. If your organisation is interested in joining a workshop to improve knowledge and confidence around using co-production approaches in practice, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this with you in more detail. For more information, please contact Lydia Bone at Lydia.Bone@disabilityrightsuk.org  You can find out more here
Your Stories in September Every month we ask our community to share their experiences of getting active in a way that’s right for them, their thoughts on the latest news or what sport and physical activity mean to them. We want to share their stories online to help raise awareness of the different ways of getting active and help other Disabled people feel confident and empowered to take the first steps to a more active life. This month, we loved getting a panel of experts together for National Fitness Day (September 22nd) to answer some of the most frequently asked questions our community has about sport and physical activity. 

We’ve covered so much more this month, including:

1. The amazing Louise Hunt took us through her memories of Paralympics past, and what elite sport has given her throughout her life.2. We shared a simple guide to co-production, written by the Get Yourself Active team that share tips and secrets for anyone who wants to introduce co-production to their next activity.3. Our friends at Traverse, shared their report on phase 2 of our involvement with TIF – highlighting all the good work we’ve done so far and what’s next for this important project. We’ve covered so much this month, and you can access all our stories here.
Get Yourself Active developing EDI plan for Tackling Inequalities Fund delivery 
As part of the Get Yourself Active programme, we are looking at developing an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Delivery Plan. Would your organisation be interested in supporting us?Get Yourself Active and Disability Rights UK aim to increase opportunities and reduce barriers for Disabled people, ultimately striving for equal participation for all. We therefore want to ensure we are doing all we can to recognise, support, and celebrate diversity within the community.We understand that in addition to identifying as a Disabled person, or as someone with a long-term health condition, people will often self-identity with other characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, a faith or belief, and sexual orientation.We want Disabled people from all backgrounds to feel able to participate, thereby ensuring that equal opportunity really is for everyone. We would therefore welcome thoughts and feedback around how we can embed equality, diversity and inclusion, from organisations that support Disabled people/people with long-term health conditions from other under-represented communities to be active. In particular, we are looking across:• Our delivery of the Tackling Inequalities Fund• Our work with the social care workforce and social workers• Embedding co-production within the sport sector• Communications• Policy workIf you think this could be you, or someone else from your organisation, please get in touch and we can either arrange a call or liaise further by email: anna.denham@disabilityrightsuk.org 0203 687 0784
Click here to find out more about the Tackling Inequalities and other Sport England funds
Superhero Series launches new winter events
The UK’s one and only Disability sports series for all of us everyday Superheroes. The mission has always been simple for Superheroes Series: create fun, full-throttle mass-participation sports events where Disabled people are in charge and don’t have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions.Founded by Sophia Warner, who saw the issues that Disabled people like her had when they tried to access sports events. Her own experiences combined with meeting many sports lovers over the years, like their wonderful ambassadors, who are crying out for more opportunities are the inspiration for this series.This year the amazing team at Superhero Series are running their first in-person physical event since 2019 and also continuing to run their ever popular at home event. They guarantee both events will be full so we recommend that anyone who wants to take part books now to avoid disappointment. Head to their website to join in the fun! You can read more on our Stories page

Active @ Home
We understand that many of you may feel more comfortable getting active at home.If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our Active @ Home section on our website. We’ve recently added a range of new accessible content from Videos to Toolkits so you can get active in a way that suits you. The page also includes videos from some of our TIF partners. As well as this, we have pages dedicated to other resources, such as worksheets and downloadable resources.We want this page to always work for you. If there’s a resource you’d like to see more of – or you have a video of your own you think would be of interest to others in the community, please reach out to the team. 
 Click here for the Active@Home website 

Continuining to tackle inequalities
Following the release of our interim report, the Get Yourself Active team are still accepting applications for the Tackling Inequalities Fund and are keen to continue our focus on groups underrepreseted in Disabled people’s sport & physical activity. If you work with or are an organisation representing Disabled people from Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority groups, women and girls, lower socioeconomic groups, or any other under-represented group to become more active, we would especially like to hear from you.

So, if you or anyone you know might be interested interested in applying, please let us know at tacklinginequalities
Tel: 0203 687 0771Click here to learn more 
Going Above and Beyond to Support RidersThe Barguse Riding Centre based in St Austell, Cornwall is a shining example of best practice and has been awarded the Accessibility Mark by the RDA.

Centre owner, Lisa Todd and her team came up with interesting ways to engage with their regular riders during the pandemic.Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial to all Disabled riders.The accreditation reognises how they supported their riders during a time that was incredibly difficult for everyone.We are so happy for them! 

Click here to find out more about the Accessibility MarkSocial Care activity pack available now
We are so proud to have launched a new online pack designed for carers, support workers and personal assistants who support Disabled people and people with long term health conditions.It was designed with experts in the social care and physical activity sectors including Durham University, Sport England, Sense, Sport for Confidence, Activity Alliance and Community integrated care. It will help to facilitate further Disabled participation in physical activity by educating and empowering those who care to help Disabled people get active in a way that suits them.The pack looks to address some of the barriers that Disabled people face when they want to get active.

The interactive pack offers practical help, tips and advice that can be used to support Disabled people to participate more in sport and physical activity. It is free and available online for all – designed to be shared and consumed with the sole purpose of breaking barriers to disabled participation in physical activity.
Click here to see the pack in full (PDF)

Disability Rights Handbook ONLINEWe are delighted to announce we have a new digital edition of the Disability Rights Handbook. Created to support remote working, this enhanced version of our flagship publication is an essential resource for all professional advisers.Our online service sits on the well-established AskCPAG platform and: is fully searchable; allows you to create your own bookmarks, make notes, and cite in different formats; has
clickable weblinks; is accessible (works with screen readers); provides regular bi-monthly updates throughout the year; is mobile-ready (you can even read it on your phone); provides access to articles on the AskCPAG website. Subscriptions cost £37 and can be purchased from the CPAG shop. Create a CPAG account if you don’t have one already, then log in and buy your subscription through the online shop.Individuals on benefits can subscribe for 12 months for £19. Contact us for a discount code to use at checkout. Email Tony Stevens to find out more. Buy your subscription to the digital Disability Rights Handbook

Regain your fitness, get back in shape this Autumn

With Calderdale’s sport and fitness centres now fully back up and running, if you haven’t done so already, now’s the perfect time to sign up for a fitness membership and get back to doing what you love.

Over the last few months, they’ve been busy putting all the necessary precautions in place to create a safe environment where you can enjoy your favourite activities and catch up with your local fitness community. They’re sure you’ll do your bit too in showing kindness and helping to protect yourself and others, particularly those who are vulnerable. The infographic below provides further information and advice on this.

They have been gradually increasing capacity in gyms, swimming pools and classes in Halifax, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden to get back to normal as safely as possible.

There is no longer any need to book onto gym sessions, and some swim activities are bookable while you can just turn up to others on the day – more information can be found on their website. They are once again able to offer an extensive range of classes across all four centres, and our gym equipment, changing rooms, shower facilities and lockers are back in use too.

Sign up for a membership

Dice game rolls back the years

Rugby league fans will be able to roll back the years and reconnect with treasured memories, thanks to a unique Reminiscence Dice Game created by Community Integrated Care in collaboration with our partners Age Exchange and the Rugby League World Cup 2021. This incredible free resource is available to download now – click here for your free copy.  

The RLWC2021 Reminiscence Dice Game has been purposely designed to enable people to re-live the greatest memories of their lives, using creative and fun methods. Whilst this resource has wide appeal, it will be particularly life-enhancing for people living with dementia and older individuals. 

More Than A Game 

Dice Game front cover

Our memories make us who we are. Our stories– the sports we follow, the places we grew up, the people we love, the hobbies that we’ve followed – are central to our identity. This game has been designed to support individuals who might have barrier to connecting with their memories, such as people living with dementia, and to bridge the gap between generations – helping to promote great conversations. 

There are thirteen reminiscence topics within the game – including rugby league, sport, schooldays, work, food, holidays, and local communities – that have been identified by Age-Exchange’s reminiscence experts as important pillars of personal identity for many people. These themes each have their own purpose-designed reminiscence questions.  

The game is wonderfully simple. Participants just roll two die to select the question they will ask to the person they are playing with – supporting a spontaneous, free flowing, and fun conversations. 

Age Exchange and Community Integrated Care co-developed these questions working with more than twenty people, including people who live with dementia and older people accessing social care. The questions they have included were specially selected after spurring joyful moments, exciting conversations, and real happiness in testing. By providing this game for free for anyone who can benefit, it is hoped that many more people will experience this joy.  

This is more than just a game – it will be a relationship transforming resource for many. Often, families who have a loved one living with dementia can find conversations challenging, struggling to connect with them and find fresh areas of conversation. People sometimes wish that they could know more about their loved one and their history. Through supporting exciting and interesting conversations, this game makes a difference – promoting and preserving a person’s-life history through the sharing of stories.  

It can also be invaluable for people working in social care and community settings. For care workers supporting people who are older than them, it can help bridge the generation divide. When supporting isolated individuals, it gives them the comfort of focused time and attention, with someone who listens and cares. 

But simply it can also be a wonderful experience for Rugby League fans and anyone who wishes to share and listen to a story. Watch Dorothy sharing some of her happiest memories with BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Steve Roberts – watch the full video here.

Championing Inclusion  

Community Integrated Care is the Official Social Care Partner of the RLWC2021 and one of Britain’s biggest care providers. This resource has been created as part of its ground-breaking RLWC2021 Inclusive Volunteering Programme, which aims to positively engage the talents of people who access social care in the event and in tournament communities to change lives.  

Age Exchange is a subsidiary charity of Community Integrated Care and is renowned for their work as the pioneers of creative engagement in supporting older people and people living with dementia.  

John Hughes, Director of Partnerships and Communities at Community Integrated Care, says:

“This game has an important purpose. There are few things that you can give to a person that are more important than your time, an interested ear and good company. We want to support people to share their memories, helping to overcome isolation and bring people together.  

We have seen the impact game that this game can have on people living with dementia and older people, so we are excited to now share it widely for free. Often quality resources like this can be expensive for care groups and community settings. By gifting this game through such a significant platform as the Rugby League World Cup 2021, we hope to reach and help many people.” 

David Savill, Creative Director at Age-Exchange, says:

“It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to design a product that can reach and benefit so many people, through using the profile of the Rugby League World Cup 2021. 

We had great fun working with the people we support to develop this concept and together, we found some wonderful reminiscence themes and questions. This free game will make a real difference to the people who play it. We encourage anyone who can benefit from this project to download it. If you know a family, care service or community group that it can help, please spread the word.”