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Multisport’s wheelchairs are low cost, easy to use, adjust and maintain. They come in a junior and 4 adult seat widths and are in stock now.

Useful Documents: –

Multisport Assembly & Adjustment Guide
One guide accompanies each wheelchair but should need more they can be downloaded from this link.

Multisport Assembly & Adjustment Video Guide
A 7 minute film visually takes you from opening the boxed wheelchair to readying for use and making adjustments.

Multisport User Manual
This document can be helpful when loaning the wheelchairs out to your associated Clubs as provides some helpful checklists for use.

To find out more about their wider range of everyday and sports wheelchairs view their Product Catalogue.

The sale of the products they design helps fund their activity in working alongside more people with disability globally, you can find out more about their impact from this link.

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UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 school resources now available
The programme gives teachers across the country access to a digital pack, consisting of free, digital, cross curricular resources all themed around the Women’s EURO. Find out more…

Rugby Football League launches extensive research project with LBU
The Rugby Football League (RFL) is preparing to launch a three-year research project across rugby league, in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, to quantify head impact and acceleration exposures in the sport with the aim of increasing understanding and reducing future risk. Find out more…

Launching – Coach Learning Framework
The insight-based Coach Learning Framework helps coaches grow and develop their coaching knowledge and their confidence to deliver great sessions. Find out more…

Nominations open for Birmingham 2022 batonbearers
The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer is looking for 2,022 Batonbearers, each with inspiring stories, to take on the special experience of carrying the Queen’s Baton through England in summer 2022. Find out more…

Living Streets’ Charles Maher Award – Walking Champion 2022
Nominees will be judged on their creativity and the level of impact they have had and the winner will be announced at the National Walking Summit on 22 March. Find out more…  
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YSF Weekly Newsletter16th Jul 2021In “Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club News”

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter17th Oct 2021In “Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club News”

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter12th Apr 2021In “Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Club News”

Explaining the origins of the Fassolette-Kielty Trophy

Here’s an article from the website 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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Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, paid tribute to the role of grassroots sport at the Yorkshire Homecoming event for our Olympic and Paralympic athletes on Sunday.Speaking on stage at the first direct arena, the first elected mayor of the county saluted the achievements of the athletes in attendance, which included taekwondo star, Bradley Sinden, and Paralympic icon, Hannah Cockroft MBE.The former MP for Batley and Spen described grassroots sport as the “beating heart of our community.”   

 Women In Sport’s #TimeTogether campaign returns – Find out more
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.    

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-30 aims for a Healthy Barnsley for all – Find out more
Barnsley’s Health and Wellbeing Board has produced a new Health and Wellbeing Strategy.The Barnsley Health and Wellbeing Board has produced the borough-wide strategy. It sets out the approach for meeting local people’s and the community’s health and wellbeing needs. The previous strategy, ‘Feels Good Barnsley’, ran from 2016-20.The refreshed strategy is split into three key areas: starting well, living well and ageing well.    

Bradford chosen for football pilot – Find out more
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.    

Blog: Learning from listening – Read the blog
Our Events and Programmes Manager, Emma Binnersley, blogs about the This Girl Can week that has been taking place in West Yorkshire this week, and how insight played a central part in its creation.“We also had space for girls to write things, and I got quite upset reading some of it. The girls were able to just be really honest  

    News in brief  

Rotherham Council is asking for feedback on proposals for two schemes to improve provision for cyclists.
The schemes will be delivered by Rotherham Council using central government money, subject to approval of funds. Find out more…

Video games can have similar health benefits to jogging
Active video games could be a motivating way for Type 1 diabetics to keep active and help manage their condition. Find out more…

The FA announces a new equality, diversity and inclusion strategy for 2021-24
The new three-year equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, forms an integral part of a long-term commitment to using the FA’s influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination. Find out more…

British Rowing launches Committed to Inclusion Plan
The plan sets out a framework for making rowing an inclusive and diverse sport that welcomes and has an offer for everyone. Find out more…

Playforce launches its biggest competition ever with free £10k playground
One lucky school or nursery in England and Wales will receive a free playground worth £10,000 courtesy of the UK’s leading playground company, Playforce. Find out more…

Royal seal of approval for the nation’s lockdown coaching heroes
Twenty-five lockdown coaching heroes were recognised and celebrated at the UK Coaching Hero Awards ceremony in Leeds, including Josh Gelder from Doncaster. Find out more…