Potential rugby league players in Derbyshire will have further opportunities to play the game in 2016, with a new side, Derbyshire Devils, being launched in the Chesterfield area.
The Devils plan to be working closely with the North Derbyshire Chargers and other clubs in the area, and will provide the opportunity to take part in the usual full contact, touch and wheelchair varieties of the game.
“2016 sees the start of a new strategy for the development of contact Junior Rugby League across the Midlands,” said Ged Connolly-Thompson, Devils project manager.
“We already have an active school engagement programme in the region, but no provision for senior or wheelchair rugby league in the area.
“Working with the North Derbyshire Chargers and other community clubs in the area we hope to address this in the New Year.”
The Devils are in talks with several funding bodies in order to be able to launch development days across Derbyshire and the East Midlands in 2016.
As well as players, the club is also interested in any volunteers who may have other skills to offer the organisation.
The club hopes to play some friendlies towards the end of the 2016 season, before, hopefully, moving on into structured league fixtures.
For more information on the club, go to: http://www.derbyshirerl.co.uk