BBC To Cover Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final

BBC Sport will provide another huge boost to Wheelchair Rugby League in this World Cup year by covering the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final in June – and Catalans Dragons are hoping to be there, having entered the competition for the first time.

The Final will be played at Hull’s Allam Arena on Saturday June 25, kicking off at 230pm – completing a hat-trick of Challenge Cup Finals for the BBC in 2022, as it follows the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Final between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos at Elland Road this Saturday (May 7), and the Betfred Challenge Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in May 28.

Leeds Rhinos are the holders of the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup, having beaten the Argonauts Skeleton Army from Kent in last year’s Final in Sheffield.

But this year they will face fresh challenges from three new names for the competition: Wigan Warriors, who have replaced the 2021 Super League Grand Finalists Leyland; London Roosters, who have been formed as a south-east super club; and Catalans Dragons, who will be keen to underline France’s status as favourites for the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup this autumn.

They will all join the Rhinos and four other clubs from the Wheelchair Super League – Hull FC, North Wales Crusaders, Warrington Wolves and the three-times Cup winners Halifax Panthers – in a Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Festival on Saturday May 14, also at the Allam Arena, from which the two finalists will emerge.

Martin Coyd OBE, the General Manager of England Wheelchair Rugby League, said: “We are thrilled that the BBC will again cover the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final – more fantastic exposure for the Wheelchair game as we prepare for the World Cup later this year.

“The Betfred Wheelchair Super League has gone to another level this season with the involvement of the Wigan Warriors, a new focus for the game in the south in London Roosters, and Halifax Panthers claiming some notable results.

“We are also delighted to welcome Catalans Dragons to the competition for the first time. France’s leading role in the development of Wheelchair Rugby League is a wonderful story for our sport to celebrate, and we saw with the performances of the France national team against England at Medway last autumn that they remain a formidable force, underpinned by a strong and genuinely national domestic competition.

“We are also pleased to be taking two major events in the Betfred Wheelchair Rugby League Challenge Cup to the great Rugby League city of Kingston-upon-Hull for the first time.”

The format of the Festival will see each of the eight teams play four matches, with the top four teams then qualifying for semi finals which will produce the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup finalists for 2022.

A Trophy competition will also be staged on the day with five teams from outside the Super League – Dundee Dragons, Gravesend Dynamite, Mersey Storm, Sheffield Eagles and Woodland Warriors.

*England’s Wheelchair squad have another squad session this weekend as they continue preparations for the Mid-Season International against France in Manchester on June 19, and for the World Cup this autumn.

Betfred Wheelchair Rugby League Challenge Cup 2022

Festival (May 14, Allam Arena, Hull)

Challenge Cup: Catalans Dragons, Halifax Panthers, Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, London Roosters, North Wales Crusaders, Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors.

Trophy: Dundee Dragons, Gravesend Dynamite, Mersey Storm, Sheffield Eagles, Woodland Warriors

Final – Sunday June 25, Allam Arena, Hull (230pm kick-off) – live on BBC Sport

#PanthersAreInTown #ChooseFax #MoreThanAGame

Video: 86-52 Win over Crusaders

Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League carried on their unbeaten run against North Wales Crusaders yesterday, coming out as 86 to 52 winners, despite having a slightly reduced playing squad.

The win leaves them Top of super league as both their nearest rivals , Leeds and Wigan drew against each other. Their next league game is away to Hull on Saturday 7th May.”

We’ve Been Nominated!

Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club is one of twenty-eight community groups from across West Yorkshire nominated for the Queens Award for Volunteer Services 2022.

We will know in June whether we have been successful.

Report: Halifax v Wigan

Match Report – Halifax v Wigan, Sunday 27 March 2022

An eagerly awaited fixture from the day the fixtures were issued didn’t fail to deliver. Halifax started the game well and as Leeds struggled to get their hands on the ball with the Panthers racing into a 16 point lead.

Leeds Rhinos were not 2021 triple trophy winners for nothing, and showed their skills and turn the momentum in their favor as Halifax’s momentum dropped.

Somewhat of a turning point was when Leeds lost Ewan Clibbens due to shoulder injury with Halifax gaining a upper hand temporarily and went in at half time 40-32 up.

Whilst Clibbens came back on in the second half temporality he wasn’t as effective. However the Leeds attack kept Halifax honest in their defense and whilst Halifax rotated their squad they needed to put their stating 5 on to keep Leeds at bay.

At 52 -44 to the Halifax Panthers Leeds sustained another serious injury to Jodie Boyd- Ward to add to the now retired Ewan Clibbens which resulted in the game being forfeited. Robert Hawins was the ‘Fax standout player with Jeremy Bourson running him close. Nathan Collins and Tom Helliwell were always a handful from the Leeds Rhinos ranks.

Next game AWAY to Warrington Wolves Saturday 2nd April

Report: Halifax v Leeds

Match Report – Halifax v Leeds, Saturday 26 March 2022

An eagerly awaited fixture from the day the fixtures were issued didn’t fail to deliver. Halifax started the game well and as Leeds struggled to get their hands on the ball with the Panthers racing into a 16 point lead.

Leeds Rhinos were not 2021 triple trophy winners for nothing, and showed their skills and turn the momentum in their favor as Halifax’s momentum dropped.

Somewhat of a turning point was when Leeds lost Ewan Clibbens due to shoulder injury with Halifax gaining a upper hand temporarily and went in at half time 40-32 up.

Whilst Clibbens came back on in the second half temporality he wasn’t as effective. However the Leeds attack kept Halifax honest in their defense and whilst Halifax rotated their squad they needed to put their stating 5 on to keep Leeds at bay.

At 52 -44 to the Halifax Panthers Leeds sustained another serious injury to Jodie Boyd- Ward to add to the now retired Ewan Clibbens which resulted in the game being forfeited. Robert Hawins was the ‘Fax standout player with Jeremy Bourson running him close. Nathan Collins and Tom Helliwell were always a handful from the Leeds Rhinos ranks.

Activity Alliance Newsletter

Welcome to February’s newsletter. This edition features new activity cards, UK CMOs’ disabled children’s activity guidelines and a new research project.

New activity cards deliver inclusive, challenging, and fun PE sessions

Activity Alliance and partners release series of inclusive PE activity cards for teachers and school staff. The cards are jam-packed with fun games and activities, and support teachers to ensure their PE sessions are inclusive and accessible for all school pupils.

Access the new activity cards

UK CMOs publish first activity guidelines for disabled children

Disabled children and young people will be supported to be more physically active following the publication of new guidelines from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). The guidance, which recommends daily levels of physical activity, will support disabled children and young people to improve their physical and mental health throughout their lives.

Read our response to new guidelines

Announcing our new research project on ‘Inclusive reopening’

We are excited to announce our next research project. We have partnered with Britain Thinks to explore how disabled people can be included in physical activity as we look to recover from the pandemic.

Read about the new research and how you can get involved

Hugo Hammond talks inclusive sport

Hugo Hammond is a social influencer, and former PE teacher who was born with clubfoot. Hugo is a supporter of Activity Alliance and talks to us here about the importance of sport and activity for disabled people – and why open conversations are the way forward.

Read about and watch Hugo’s experiences

Latest news from the National Disability Sports Organisations

Catch-up on the latest news round-up from the National Disability Sports Organisations for January 2022.

Read NDSO news for the month

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Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics

Channel 4 has exclusive broadcast rights within the UK to show the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics.

In a global first for a broadcaster at a world-class sporting event the free-view channel will have an entire all-star disabled presenting team for the games.

Making up the presenting team are:

  • Presenter Ade Adepitan
  • Former rugby player Ed Jackson
  • Paralympic champion triathlete Lauren Steadmen
  • Retired Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson
  • British racing car driver Billy Monger as on-screen reporters and
  • Former sit-kier Sean Rose as pundit
  • Tokyo 2020 presenter Arthur Williams

2022 Winter Paralympics live stream and highlights

Online viewers can stream the 2022 Winter Paralympics though Channel 4’s Youtube platform.

Highlights shows will be carried on Channel 4’s sister channel More 4 (channel 18 on freeview).

Ryburn Valley High School Sessions

Here are some images of some recent work delivered at Ryburn Valley High School with year 11 students

Nathan Mulhall, teacher and Halifax and England wheelchair rugby player said

“Today has been a huge success. Our Year 11 students really engaged with the workshops and networked well with all of the employers. Thank you to all of our guests for coming in and inspiring our students.

Our future Ryburn Sixth form students also got to experience as Year 12 students for the day. Taking part in taster sessions also hearing from Leeds Beckett and Lloyds Bank about where their Ryburn Sixth Journey can take them “

Weekly Training , Thursday Evenings

Halifax Wheelchair Rugby League Club training currently runs on Thursday evenings at Calderdale College’s Inspire Centre, Francis St, Halifax HX1 3UZ.

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Its fine to just come and have a look – newcomers very welcome

Ring Malcolm on 07946510900 for more information