After discussions with parties in Australia where PDRL is a fully fledged part of the community game, the Wolves Foundation got the ball rolling in Sept 2017 as Adam Hills pulled on the Wolves shirt with his new team mates in a demonstration of the modified game.
The first ever PDRL game took place between Wolves and Leeds Rhinos in 2018 in front of 1,500 spectators at Victoria Park, Warrington. Work is now well underway with Super League and the wider community game to fully roll out the new offer and make PDRL accessible to all.
What is PDRL? PDRL is a modified version of RL for those players with a physical disability who wouldn’t otherwise be able to play the game they love. With both contact and tag elements, the game caters for a variety of disabilities including amputees, cerebral palsy, limb deficiencies, acquired brain injuries amongst many others. As well as the physical benefits the sport brings, the players are also reaping the benefits from being within a team environment – something many have never experienced before in their lives: “Being in a sports team and competing in the sport I love has helped remove the stigma attached to being disabled. The Banter I have with my team-mates is amazing and it has done wonders for my self- esteem.” Dan Campbell – Warrington Wolves PDRL Forward. After breaking new ground by hosting and playing the inaugural PDRL game on English soil, we now hope to take the team to Australia and take on the Rabbitohs in their own back yard.
South Sydney will take on West Tigers in the main attraction on the 30th August at the ANZ Stadium but have booked in the battle of the two PDRL teams for the same day as a curtain raiser.
We will leave for Sydney on the 26th August and return on the 4th September 2018.
Any support will be well received and appreciated.
Warrington Wolves PDRL Team