Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that the Club has formed a new partnership with the NSW Physical Disability Rugby League Association.
The new agreement will see Wests Tigers work with the NSW PDRLA to promote inclusiveness for people with physical disabilities within Rugby League.
Central to the partnership is the development of a Wests Tigers Physical Disability Rugby League team that will be a part of the NSW competition from 2017 onwards.
The two organisations will work together to increase the audience for Physical Disability Rugby League, promote participation, increase awareness and understanding about the issues faced by people with physical disabilities, while also challenging the negative perceptions about people with disabilities.
Wests Tigers Community and Fan Engagement Manager Shaun Spence said that the Club was looking forward to building a long relationship with the NSW PDRLA.
“This is a really exciting partnership that will enable more people to be able to participate in the great game of Rugby League but also make it possible for them to represent the Wests Tigers,” said Spence. “The Club is proud of its work in the community and a big part of that is inclusion, which this partnership continues.
“We really look forward to working with the NSW Physical Disability team moving forward to help continue to grow the awareness of opportunities for people with physical disabilities to play,” he said. “We saw the talent and enthusiasm of the current group of players who played before our Round 23 game in Campbelltown and we hope to continue to give these opportunities to showcase these players.”
George Tonna from the NSW PDRLA welcomed the new Wests Tigers team into the Physical Disability Rugby League competition.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming the Wests Tigers Physical Disability Rugby League team into the competition next year,” said Tonna. “It was great to be able to showcase our game at Campbelltown Sports Stadium before Wests Tigers game against the Titans which provided a real thrill for our players.
“Wests Tigers came to us to get this partnership up and running which is a real credit to the Club, it’s going to be a great partnership and we’re looking forward to the future together,” he said.