Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, recently welcomed Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and representatives from both Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos to Parliament to celebrate the first ever Physical Disability Rugby League match in the UK.
Representatives from the Warrington Wolves Foundation and Leeds Rhinos Foundation met with Faisal and Leeds North West MP Alex Sobel to discuss efforts to launch and grow rugby league for those with disabilities.
Faisal and Alex had previously tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons, to welcome the concept and congratulate all involved. During the meeting both clubs were presented with a framed copy of the motion. Read the previously published article here
Physical Disability Rugby League is a modified version of the game which involves both full contact and touch tackle options, to allow all players who have physical disabilities to participate.
The first match was played on Sunday 4 February between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos, with The Last Leg’s Adam Hills and Alex Brooker playing for Warrington and Leeds respectively.
Faisal Rashid MP said:
“It is fantastic that Adam Hills and Alex Brooker have been involved with the development of Physical Disability Rugby League, and I hope that their involvement will help to further promote the opportunities available for all to take part in this great sport.
I am delighted that the Warrington Wolves Foundation have developed a team for those with physical disabilities, and I look forward to supporting their work further as they seek to enrich, inspire and celebrate the Warrington community.”