The Tigers’ final home contest of the Betfred Super League 2022 season marked the Club’s inaugural #CasRoots fixture where the Fords celebrated our local community clubs and ALL of our Tiger teams!
First to take centre stage on the hallowed Wheldon Road turf were our much-valued community clubs, with teams from Lock Lane, Dodworth Miners, Fryston Warriors, Methley Warriors, Sherburn Bears, King Cross Park, Kippax Welfare, and Goole Vikings taking to the field.
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Grassroots rugby and youth development are vitally important, and the ‘Cas Roots’ initiative is built upon highlighting the wonderful work that is done at the local community level and at our club.
Throughout the year Castleford Tigers Foundation have highlighted some of our local community clubs with our ‘Under the Lights’ features, demonstrating their valuable work. On matchdays too at The Jungle, we have hosted minis and juniors festivals, giving young girls and boys the chance to play where their heroes play – and maybe where one day they will shine as a professional too.
Monday was no different with all the young stars putting in some fantastic performances and scoring some eye-catching tries.
Next up ahead of kick-off was the Tigers’ Youth Department with both our Scholarship and Academy sides being warmly applauded by the Wheldon Road crowd during their lap of honour.
Castleford’s youth provisions not only nurture and improving rugby talent but also education provisions from the age of 11 all the way through to the university level and our young Tigers have served our Club with distinction once again this year.
The half-time interval saw representatives from the Fords’ social inclusion teams with players from our learning disability and physically disability sides soaking up The Jungle atmosphere. The LDRL and PDRL team have done the Cas badge proud in 2022, with the physical disability side going on a remarkable nine game winning run near the end of the campaign before they head into the finals on the 10th of September. Cas’ learning disability team had the privilege of returning to Magic Weekend and took part in exhibition matches in front of thousands of people at St James’ Park.
Our Women’s team were also given a hearty welcome after recently picking up back-to-back Super League victories over Leigh Miners Rangers and Wakefield Trinity. All of the Tigresses pack were given a rapturous welcome and they head back to Wheldon Road on Sunday for their final game of the season against Warrington.
Tigers Head Coach Lee Radford affirmed just how crucial events like the one on Monday are in terms of boosting participation in rugby league.
“The drop-off in participation in the last four or five years is scary, I think as a club to be proactive in improving that is really big for us, for the local area, and the more kids our area produces then there are more chances of young kids coming into our Academy.
“Cas Roots is a great idea to try further engaged with amateur clubs, we can all understand how difficult it is getting kids on a sports field nowadays so the more we can do for them the better. We’re proud of all our teams at the Tigers, and the more we can do for the game as a whole – the better.”
Everyone at the Club thank our partner community clubs and all our Tigers teams for their efforts in the 2022 season and we hope everyone enjoyed their day at #CasRoots.