North Wales Crusaders are going for a new record a week on a Sunday as they aim to put together the World’s Biggest Rugby League Scrum together at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium, when the team take on Keighley Cougars in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Kids, families and adults are all invited to sign up to become a ‘record breaker’ – with a minimum of 195 people needed to break the current total set in Australia in 2013. The event starts at 1.45pm, where the two ‘teams’ will be invited to step onto the Racecourse pitch and go head to head. As it’s a Rugby League scrum, there’ll be no pushing or shoving, so you don’t need to worry about getting squished if you take part!
All record breakers can then stay to watch 80 minutes of fast patched action as Crusaders take on the Cougars. All participants need to be 7 years or over and register online.
You can fill out an application form by following this link: http://www.northwalescrusaders.co.uk/worldrecord/
The fixture away at North Wales is also an autism friendly fixture:
A GROUP of adults with learning disabilities in Wrexham has joined forces with Autism Wishes and North Wales Crusaders to organise a rugby event for children and young people with autism.
The Soul self-advocacy group has worked with local charity Autism Wishes to ensure young people with autism have a chance to watch the Crusaders play against Keighley Cougars on May 18.
Anyone who’s interested will be allocated a specific section of the seating area and will have a chance to visit the stadium prior to the game and see which seat they will be sitting in on the day.
This means they will feel comfortable on match day as they know what to expect, avoiding the anxiety often associated with autism.
The Soul Group, which is facilitated by Dewis, meets once a month in Wrexham Memorial Hall.
They came up with the idea as they wanted to do something for children experiencing similar circumstances to themselves, and approached Autism Wishes to reach as many youngsters locally as possible.
Autism Wishes worked with Wrexham AFC in 2013 to put on the first ever Autism friendly football match and, supposedly,this will be the first ever Autism friendly Rugby League game.
Crusaders CEO Jamie Thomas said: “North Wales Crusaders are delighted to help raise the awareness of autism through the fantastic work of Autism Wishes.
“We hope to make rugby league accessible to all from our community and have worked with Dewis previously to offer people opportunities to both watch and be involved with the club on matchdays.
“We’re excited though by this opportunity and look forward to welcoming lots of new faces to the Racecourse.”
Stephen Harris, Chief Executive for Dewis CIL, said: “We feel that this is a great example of the way that disabled people and disabled people’s groups can work together to support each other.
“It’s really satisfying to see how the self advocacy group demonstrates this understanding and insight into the needs of others.”
Anyone wishing to attend the match should contact Jo Perera from Autism Wishes on (07769) 210919.