posted on 1 December 2012

Wildcats prop Andy Raleigh has had a busy week on top of the squads relentless pre-season training programme as he has handed out a hat-trick of Club 1873 spot prizes throughout the Wakefield district.

Andy Raleigh presented Bernadette Dakin with a signed 2013 home shirt.

The 2012 Coaches’ and Players’ Player of the Year visited Crigglestone, Normanton and Pontefract  to present the prizes from the clubs lottery scheme to the winners with the last three months rewards all delivered this week now the players are back in full training.

The spot prize is only one of a vast array of benefits of being involved in Club 1873 with daily draws for items such as vouchers at Kashmiri Aroma and Angelic Beauty, weekly cash prizes with a guaranteed £250 jackpot while a £2,000 mega draw happens twice a year. However, that is not all as all money raised through the crucial scheme funds the Wildcats youth development programme which has helped sign 12 players on their first professional deals for the new under 19’s squad.

First of all Andy Raleigh stopped off in Crigglestone to present Paul Turner with a brand new 2013 signed away shirt as seen below.

Paul Turner of Crigglestone was delighted to receive his prize.

Then the barnstorming forward made his way over to Normanton to knock on the door of Bernadette Dakin (top left) who was clearly delighted to receive a 2013 home shirt, signed by all the first team squad.

The final presentation was made to Ian Holland of Pontefract who received the signed Sports Relief ball which the players used in the victory over Catalan. The ball had an extra significance to Raleigh after he scored a try in the 32-22 success over the Dragons. The former Huddersfield man also handed over a family ticket for the Hull KR game, the first league fixture at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in 2013.

Ian Holland was the final Spot Prize winner.

Raleigh commented on the trio of presentations.

“It was a good feeling to visit the houses of three loyal Wakefield supporters and present them with their rewards for being part of Club 1873. I am, along with a number of other players involved in the scheme and contribute every month and you can see the effect it’s having. The likes of Lucas Walshaw, Kyle Trout and Danny Cowling featured in the first team last season and looked like quality Super League players.

“The youth set-up is vital at any club and it is great to see young talent coming through the ranks and for the fans to back the club in this way while being rewarded with incentives like players turning up at their front doors is brilliant, although I can imagine they were disappointed when they saw my face!”

Joining Club 1873 costs just £2 a week and with a whole host of reasons to join then sign up today and don’t miss out on winning prizes whilst helping the club progress. You can sign up today by visiting any of our retail outlets, either at Trinity Walk, Ridings Centre or Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or call 01924 211611 / 201548.

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