Introductions The Cardinals Wheelchair Sports and Social Club was formed in June 1994 4 members of another wheelchair basketball team, disenchanted with the general ethos of its committee decided to start this new basketball club in West Yorkshire.
The Cardinals Wheelchair Sports and Social Club was formed in June 1994
4 members of another wheelchair basketball team, disenchanted with the general ethos of its committee decided to start this new basketball club in West Yorkshire.
They needed another 1 member just to start a new team !!( 5 needed ) and so embarked on a trail of contacting old sporting associates!
In its first year some 7 -8 members were enlisted
Its first competitive game was in September ’94 as they played their first league game in Great Britaian Wc Basketball Division Three central, which subsequently they went on to win only losing one game all season.
Whilst its first aim was to create a w/c Basketball team a general ethos was embedded within the fledgling club to providing an awareness and insight for able bodied and disabled people to integrate and participate in wheelchair sports, plying and administratively.
Cash flow like all groups was an early identified issue, and the club will always be thankful to HBOS ( Halifax Building Society as it was then ) and Mark Hemmingway who CONTACTED US to inform us of the potential from their community development fund. The sponsorship from this was sportsmatched and the Cardinals had its initial core funding to progress.
Basketball/ Tennis/ Road Racing
The club now is not only embarking on another evolutionary stage with many new young and some returning older participants , taking on new roles in administration as the remaining original members move to one side to allow room for new ideas and development.
Further Development now rests within a Wheelchair Rugby League environment providing new challenges, whilst not forgoing its core sports.
To be ‘in at the beginning ‘ of the development of a new sport is quite something and to have the National Governing Body in the shape of the Rugby Football League recognise the sport has also been remarkable.
The game to be true to its conception was developed by the French in 2004 and after a whistle stop tour of GB in 2005 when the Cardinals were invited to host and play the French twice in a development exercise.
Seeds were sown and a reciprocal visit in a week long tour to France moved the game forward and its potential in leaps and bounds.
Annual Internationals vs France
Multi – Intenational events
Wakefield RL Service Area
As a selection
Inter County Games
Yorks v North West.
Used as demo games
Groups and Agencies
Calderdale RL Service Area
British Lions W-c RL
Bradford RL Service Area
South Yorkshire RL Service Area
Leeds RL Service Area
Kirklees RL Service Area
North Yorkshire RL Service Area
Hull RL Service Area
Some existing activity
Great Britain W-c RL Tag Association
Target development areas
Helping to address Anti social behaviour by engaging with those excluded from mainstream school
Bullying…….by providing first hand experiences of members through their life and its effects.
If youv’e got a plan and you get half of right
youv’e got half a plan
If you’ve no plan……………..
Thank you for your time, and good luck to you and your sport.