Last Sunday saw the Rapid Solicitors Stadium host its inaugural ‘Play for Life’ event as a curtain raiser to the Wildcats victory over Hull FC with the occasion going down as a huge success.
Five Star Automotive from Leeds were victorious in the touch rugby tournament after beating a team from Humberside who imaginatively named themselves ‘Hull FC’ in the final. All sides were helped by good weather as eight teams battled it out for a place in the final.
Teams were split into two pools as teams from all backgrounds and abilities took part in the event that left all participants smiling in appreciation. Teams from Wakefield, Leeds and Hull were in support of the experience that helped raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK and the Wildcats Community Trust.
As well as the two finalists, the Wildcat Dolls, Dads & Lads, Bombardiers, Wakefield CRL, The Travelling Dingleberries and The Stones all played their part in the touch rugby competition.
Trinity first team squad members Dale Morton and Liam Kay also got in on the action by helping out teams who did not have a full squad.
The final was held just an hour before the first team ran out to do battle with the black and whites and with the crowd building it proved to be a great opportunity to play in front of the fans of Wakefield and Hull with Five Star Automotive winning 7-0.
The winners were awarded their trophy at half time of the first team game between Trinity and the Airlie Birds and were greeted with a big round of applause for participating in the event and raising money for such good causes.
The Community Trust team have been overwhelmed by the response so far including these comments by some participants:
Alex Jackson: “As a secondary school teacher in Hull and as a parent I would like to congratulate you and the team for arranging such a wonderful event that engaged and united people from a wide range of backgrounds to participate and try to get healthy whilst earning money for a wonderful cause.”
Andrew Mosby: “Well done on Sunday, it was a great day speaking for both our teams…all our lads really enjoyed it.”
Wildcats Director of Education, Mark Winder added: “It was fantastic to see the number of people that took part in ‘Play for Life’ and hopefully the success of this inaugural event will see next year’s be even more popular.”
The RFL are currently having a massive push on touch rugby with the Wildcats Community department heavily involved with local sides. You can be part of it by contacting them on 01924 211611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures from the day can be found on our official Facebook page HERE.
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.