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Vote North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair side

24th June 2015, 15:28

Vote North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair side

Wales Rugby League are pleased to announce that the North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Team project has been selected as finalists in the National Lottery Awards 2015.

Wales Rugby League are pleased to announce that the North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Team project has been selected as finalists in the National Lottery Awards 2015.

 

They are down to the final seven projects from the sports category out of the 620 projects nominated. They are the only ones who represent disability sport, are the only ones in Wales, and are probably the smallest charity to be in the competition. You can vote online by clicking here.

 

As the only wheelchair rugby league team in Wales, this project provides a valuable opportunity for able-bodied and disabled people to play sports together. Based in a leisure centre in Flintshire, North East Wales, training is available for wheelchair users of all ages.

 

Since the project launch in April 2013, 20 participants have represented the club and competed against other regional teams, including Hull, Medway, and Swindon.

 

 

  • 12 people have become international wheelchair rugby players for Wales as a result of the project.
  • The project provides 15 specially adapted chairs for the players, and eight volunteers assist with training and setting up the court each week.
  • More than 700 children took part in a disability awareness programme held last year using the club’s sports wheelchairs.
  • A weekly junior training session attracts children aged 7-11, and the club are keen to attract more players of this age.

 

 

National Lottery funding enabled the charity to launch wheelchair sports in an area where no opportunity of its kind existed.

 

Mason Baker, 11, who has cerebral palsy, was never comfortable using his wheelchair before he joined the club. Since playing wheelchair rugby, his confidence has improved immensely, and he won the club’s Rookie of the Year award in 2013.

 

Mason’s mum Tracey said: “Mason is like a completely different boy now. He’s so confident and has made so many new friends. He’s absolutely mad about sport and is always the first person at the training sessions and after-school clubs.”

 

Team manager Bob Wilson said: "This is massive recognition of our coaching staff, players and volunteers who help to put this on. Everyone are volunteers giving time and money to build this community game.

 

"So how can you help! Well we've passed every criteria required and an independent panel from the National Lottery has decided we are worthy of going forward to the finals, It's now over to the public vote." 

 

North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Rugby League side need your votes to win the Best Sport Project in the National Lottery Awards! Voting is easy call 0844 836 9697 to vote for them.

 

Would your colleagues, family and friends support us as well? Every vote counts, so thanks for your support! Telephone voting calls cost 5p maximum, though a connection charge may be applied by some networks, so please check with your provider.

 

Voting lines are open from 24th June – 29th July.

Winners will be invited to appear on national television and take home a £2,000 cash prize for their project.

 

 

You can also vote online by clicking here.