The Bradford Bulls Wheelchair Rugby League team is celebrating its fifth birthday.
Formed in January 2009 and designed to boost the growth of wheelchair sport in Bradford, the club opted for an inclusive approach.
It moved to enable both disabled and non-disabled people, of both genders, to be introduced to sport and rugby league.
Two months after its birth, the wheelchair outfit were formally adopted by Bradford Bulls, providing naming rights and a share of overall ethos.
The year 2010 saw them become Clubmark accredited, giving the side a quality assurance that all appropriate policies were in place.
The accreditation meant the club could provide players and partners an opportunity to become in this unique approach to rugby league.
The wheelchair team now works as part of the Bradford Bulls Foundation, delivering not only weekly training sessions and a competitive playing squad but also delivering disability awareness sessions within many schools, colleges and community events across the Bradford district and beyond.
In 2012, they were nominated and shortlisted from 8,000 other very worthy organisations for a National Diversity Award.
Since then, the playing squad have achieved great success within the wheelchair playing structures.
And the Bulls Foundation have launched a schools programme, which will be delivered further and expand over 2014.
Over the past five years, the club has continued to grow.
However, the level of expansion enjoyed means that equipment being used requires updating.
As a result, the club are planning a whole host of fundraising activities to celebrate five years of existence.
The team trains every Monday, on at Bradford College’s Trinity Green Campus, from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.
For more information, or to get involved in the Bradford Bulls wheelchair team, contact head coach Richard Johnson on 07974 968449 or manager Gill Johnson on 01274 587330.