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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.

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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?

Mid-Season Wheelchair RL Meeting

Here’s the key info to come out of last Wednesday’s Mid-Season Wheelchair RL meeting, including the powerpoint pages of the meeting and the spreadsheet with post-split fixtures.

In addition, there are plans to host a development day between the end of season and the beginning of the World Cup where we will host the Level 2 Wheelchair RL Coaching Course and simultaneously a referee course.

Your club needs to know if you want to attend the session.

Remaining Fixtures – From June 11th Onwards

AWAY: WIGAN
Date: 11 th /12 th June TBC by Phil asap
Venue: TBC by Phil asap

Magic Weekend
versus Leeds
Date: Saturday 9 th July
Venue: National Basketball Centre Manchester
Kickoff: Times to be announced.

HOME: London
Date: Sunday 24 th July
Venue: Sedburgh LC Bradford
Kickoff: 2pm access from 1pm to set up

AWAY: LEEDS
Date: 30 th /31 st July TBC
Venue: TBC
Kickoff: TBC

HOME: Wigan
Date: Sunday 21 st August
Venue: Sedburgh LC Bradford
Kickoff: 2pm access from 1pm to set up

AWAY: London
Date: 3 rd /4 th September TBC
Venue: TBC
Kickoff: TBC

PLAY OFFS:
17 th / 18 th Sept TBC………1 st v 4 th and 2 nd v 3 rd

FINAL: UCLAN Preston Saturday October 1 st

Muhall Receives Bursary Boost

The Rugby Football League announced on Saturday 28 May 2022 that Nathan Mulhall, EnglandRL Wheelchair international and Halifax Panthers regular is to be the inaugural recipient of the Matt King Educational Bursary. Here’s what they had to say about the award:

The RFL are delighted to announce Nathan Mulhall, an England Wheelchair international who plays for Halifax Panthers, as an inaugural recipient of the Matt King Educational Bursary – an award which has been introduced in memory of the former London Broncos Academy player who became such an inspiration after suffering a life-changing spinal injury.

Mulhall, who is 23 and has cerebral palsy, works as an Additional Needs Specialist at Ryburn Valley High School in Sowerby Bridge, and has been awarded the inaugural Matt King Educational Bursary after an application in which he pledged to use his influence as a teacher to promote the positive impact of playing Rugby League, and especially to encourage others to take up Wheelchair Rugby League, regardless of their ability.

His award will be presented at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium today before the Betfred Challenge Cup Final. As Nathan is attending an England Wheelchair training weekend in Preston as part of the preparations for this autumn’s Rugby League World Cup, his mother, Ann Jackson, and sister, Georgia Mulhall have been invited to accept the award on his behalf.

The award is for £7,000 towards Nathan’s tuition fees to complete his teacher training. The remaining £3,000 of the £10,000 available annually through the bursary has been shared equally between two other strong applications.Lauren Chapman, who works as a sports therapist with Wakefield Trinity’s Women’s and Scholarship teams, has been awarded £1,500 to “upskill her medical qualifications.”

Taylor Prescott has been awarded the same sum to support his tuition fees and living expenses as he follows in the footsteps of his inspirational father raising funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation and the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

Ralph Rimmer, the RFL Chief Executive, said: “There could be no more uplifting start to Challenge Cup Final day. The introduction of the Matt King Educational Bursary, which has been made possible by the generous support of a private benefactor who is a truly unsung Rugby League hero, is a cause for celebration in itself, as it allows us to remember the remarkable, inspirational life of Matt King.

“To see three such outstanding young people as Nathan Mulhall, Lauren Chapman and Taylor Prescott receiving recognition and significant financial assistance as a lasting legacy of Matt is the sport of Rugby League at its very best.

“I have been privileged in my RFL role to spend time with Nathan and the rest of the England Wheelchair squad. They are an inspirational group, and watching them in the Rugby League World Cup promises to be one of the highlights of the year.“It is wonderful to hear Nathan’s determination to encourage others to share in the unique experiences and challenges of playing Wheelchair Rugby League.”

First Defeat for Panthers

Halifax Panthers suffered their first defeat of the season, going down at home to London Roosters, 40-30, who consolidated a top four slot.

The visitors overcame a six point half time deficit to record a landmark win in their inaugural season, Lewis King again leading the way for them with four tries. Halifax played their first game at Sedbergh Sports Centre in Low Moor, coming up against a Roosters team growing in confidence.

The sides traded tries in the first period with Halifax just edging in front at the break, two try and five goal Rob Hawkins dominant. King struck early in the second period to make it a two point game, but the Panthers extended their lead to ten points, Tom Martin with two tries and player/coach Wayne Boardman one.

Joe Coyd led the Roosters comeback with his second try and the game changed with a couple of key plays from Jack Linden, who also crossed twice, King wrapping up the win to seal a milestone victory; Joe Coyd with one goal and Jason Owen three for the visitors.

Full report on www.rugby-league.com

Leeds Promo Event

As anticipation grows for the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup, there’s a RLWC2021 Groups Evening on Tuesday 14th June at 7pm. The event, hosted by Alex Simmons, will give you the opportunity to learn about Group Sales and how they can bring your team to any of the 61 fixtures this Autumn. What’s more, the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair trophies will be on display and available for you to take pictures with. Attendees will also be joined by RLWC2021 Ambassadors and stars of the Jamaican side.
Tuesday 14 June 7pm – 9pm
Leeds Irish Centre, York Road, Leeds LS9 9NT
To confirm your attendance please email shaun.tennant@rfl.uk.com

Halifax To Tackle Hull With Under-Strength Line-Up

Halifax Panthers Wheelchair rugby league team travel to Hull on Saturday 7 May as league leaders. However they are without 3 internationals , Tom Martin on Irish duty as the Celtic Cup between Wales, Ireland and Scotland takes place in Wrexham.

Their two French signings are unavailable. However its an opportunity for the younger players who haven’t had much game time, Thomas Green, Jordon Holt and Coral Batty to impress coaches Wayne Boardman and Nathan Mulhall.”