The club’s Ambassador Scheme aims to build relationships with community clubs in the Wakefield district to get more children involved in rugby league, and potentially inspire the next generation of Wildcats’ players.
Having been nearly two years in the planning, the scheme, which focuses on children between the U7’s and U11’s age groups, got the go ahead in December 2015, and has since seen its first roadshow workshop held in March, which saw over 200 children from six junior rugby clubs in the area attend.
The workshop was delivered by a number of first-team players, who held fun and educational sessions with the children, while all juniors were given free junior memberships for the Wildcats 2016 season.
There are currently a total of 10 rugby clubs signed up to the Ambassador Scheme, with those who didn’t attend the March workshop set to be visited soon.
If you would like further information or to know where your nearest ambassador club is please contact James Stephenson at email@example.com.
Crigglestone All Blacks are this year celebrating their 35th anniversary, having formed in 1985, and currently have six junior teams ranging from under-7s through to under-16s, as well as an open age team who play in the Pennine League Division 3. Wildcats' first team player Jordan Crowther is a successful product of the club's junior teams, having begun his playing career with the All Blacks.
One of the oldest amateur rugby league clubs in England having formed in 1881, Eastmoor Dragons' first game was against a Wakefield Trinity third team, which they won six points to nil. Today the side has 10 junior sides from under-8s through to under-17s, as well as a girls side, the Eastmoor Dragonettes. The club also has two men's teams and a recently formed masters team.
Emley Moor play their games at The Welfare Ground in Emley, and are members of the Pennine Amateur Rugby League. They have one senior team and a large junior section with a team at every age group from under-7s to under-13s.
Hemsworth Dragons are a junior rugby club who have two sides, at under-8s and under-14s who play in the Yorkshire Junior Leagues.
Normanton rugby club was formed in 1879, and four years later became one of the founding members of the Yorkshire League. Since then the club has grown significantly, and now boasts two open age teams, one of which plays in the National Conference League. The club also has an under-16s and under-18s, and has produced several Super League players over the years, including England international and former Wakefield back-rower Ben Westwood.
North Yorkshire Wildcats are a partner club of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats who are based at Catterick Garrison, with several mini, junior, open age and touch rugby teams.
Sharlston Rovers have a long and rich history having been formed in 1881, and have been particularly successful since the turn of the century including a 30-28 win over professional club Dewsbury Rams in the 2003 Challenge Cup, and four Yorkshire Cup titles. The club was coached by Wildcats' current head coach Chris Chester in 2009/10, and currently have two open age sides with around 50 players registered.
Shaw Cross Sharks are a Dewsbury based rugby league side, with two open age sides, a masters team and a large junior section which includes two girls teams. The club has a proud history of producing professional rugby league players, including the Wildcats' current assistant coach Lee Gilmore, and will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2017.
Stanley Rangers have a large junior section, which includes a team at every age group from under-6s through to under-16s, as well as two open age teams, one of which plays in the Kingstone Cider Press National Conference League, Division Two. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats' captain Danny Kirmond and full-back Max Jowitt are both former Stanley players.