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Bumble Bees fly in to help Castleford expansion

05 August 2013

  • Castleford RFC continue inclusive community development
  • Mixed ability Bumble Bees to provide practical help 

Castleford Rugby Union Football Club have been developing an inclusive approach to their sporting activities for a while now, with the thrust of their community work embracing women's rugby and junior provision along with their senior club commitments.

Now the Whitwood club is exploring the possibility of expanding into a new area which will put them in the vanguard of a movement to bring the game to a group of people who have previously not been catered for – players with learning and physical disabilities.

Helping Castleford to put down the foundations for the new venture are England’s only mixed ability team, the Bumble Bees Barbarians, who are based at Bradford & Bingley RUFC.

They have pioneered the creation of a team for people with a passion to play full-contact rugby who have not previously been catered for and it is a mark of their success in the field that they were the first team to play in an international match at Llanelli and more recently were involved in a triangular international tournament in Scotland.

“The Bumble Bees officials and players will be most welcome at Willowbridge Lane and will help us to develop as a club and grow a wider membership base to set us apart from other sporting clubs,” said Castleford RUFC Secretary Steve Ball.

“A group of players and officials from the Bumbles will be visiting Whitwood on Sunday, August 11, 2013 and will deliver a presentation about the benefits to be gained from adopting an inclusive club membership which embraces a mixed abilities section.

“A practical demonstration of exactly what Castleford will be committing to will then follow when the Bumble Bees will play a match against a Castleford Select XV.

“We pride ourselves at Castleford in being a genuine inclusive club which seeks to serve every section of our community and I would urge club members and members of the public who may have a special interest in this initiative to come and support what is an important day for the club.

“This as it is a big step forward for us and we are grateful to the Bumble Bees for helping.”

The presentation starts at 1.00pm followed by the match and refreshments.