Another award for North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair side

The North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Rugby League side have been named as the Parasport Club of the Month for March.

The award was presented to the club this week, with dual code Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas visiting at one of their sponsors’ events to congratulate them.

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Crusaders’ head coach Steve Jones said: “In 2018, we applied to have our club listed on their site as a way of letting people in our area know we were there, and to give a wider audience a chance to play Wheelchair Rugby League.

“Earlier this year we were contacted by Tayla Hamilton, their Parasport Engagement Officer, who wanted to talk about what we offered and what we do. She was amazed about what we offer in the club as a Rugby League family, but couldn’t believe what we did outside of the club with our schools programme and the training we offer players and volunteers.

“She spoke about how they have a Club of the Month which highlights the work people do both in and outside their clubs.

“I was speechless for a while which is rare for me, when I was told that we would be Club of the Month for March. To think that an international organisation thinks what we do is special enough to receive recognition is mind blowing. For this to come so close on the heels of our RFL awards for Wheelchair club and coach of the year is just crazy and very humbling to me personally. It just goes to show what a great bunch of players and the dedicated volunteers we have at the Crusaders. Not only is this a great honor for the club but it will also go a long way to promote our version of Rugby League to a wider audience.”