posted on 7 June 2013

Wakefield Wildcats are delighted to confirm a unique partnership with Colburn based North Yorkshire Broncos who have been renamed to Wildcats.

Wakefield star Tim Smith with a selection of North Yorkshire Wildcats.

The amateur club formed the partnership shortly after one of their junior players Joe Greiff joined the Wildcats scholarship scheme earlier in 2013.

The club was only formed in 2011 and has now adopted the Wildcats colours and branding which includes a new club crest which is identical to the one of Wakefield except it saying North Yorkshire.

The Rapid Solicitors Stadium club have already started to offer support to the amateur club in the way of advice to the clubs coaching staff and introducing strength and conditioning programmes to their older players. The Wakefield Trust also arranged for their partners to play on the pitch as a curtain raiser to a Super League game which they did earlier in the season.

The North Yorkshire outfit have a number of different sides ranging from under 9s to girls under 14s right through to a men’s open age team.

North Yorkshire Wildcats founder, trustee and coach Joy Carter is delighted with the partnership:

“We had been considering a change of name and club colours so when a member of the Wakefield Trust James Stephenson suggested it too we changed the name to North Yorkshire Wildcats and it went on from there.

“The changes have increased the profile in the local community with the re-branding of the club we are now reaching an audience further afield. Some of our players travel from near Cumbria, the north east, Northallerton, Richmond, and Catterick & Bedale.

“All the rugby league supporters that do live in the area recognise the club badge as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats stop to engage which has increase supporters, players, club volunteers and new coaches.

“The link has enabled us to offer youngsters great opportunities in meeting players, enjoyed a club camp at Easter taken by Ryan Hudson & James Stephenson  players also enjoyed attending the ‘Be A Pro’ day with some of our juniors attended.

“A number of the players have really taken to rugby league and since the attending the ‘Be a Pro’ day and they have been to most of Wakefield’s home games ever since.

“We are really grateful for the support Wakefield have given the club and we hope the links between the two clubs can evolve further to be of mutual benefit.”

Wakefield Trust fundraising officer James Stephenson added:

“We see this joint venture as a great way to help out an amateur club while spreading the Wildcats brand to different areas and it couldn’t have gone any better so far.

“A number of their players travel down to watch Wakefield in our home games while coming along to the events run by the Trust so we are already seeing the benefit. That, along with the increased interest of North Yorkshire Wildcats means it’s been a great start and we look to develop the partnership over the coming months and years.

If you are interested in the club and want to learn more about the North Yorkshire Wildcats then visit their website HERE.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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