Milton Keynes added to Rugby League map
Milton Keynes is the latest town to be added to the Rugby League map with the formation of MK Wolves Rugby League club.
The new grassroots club are holding an open day on March 7 and will play in the Tier 4 East men’s league in 2012 against teams such as Bedford Tigers, St Ives Roosters and Bury Titans.
Milton Keynes Chairman, Andrew Quirke said: “We’ll be playing at the Emerson Valley Sports Pavilion which is a brand new and state-of-the-art facility shared by a number of sports including Milton Keynes Rugby Union.
“Many of the players involved in other sports were also interested in Rugby League but were playing at other clubs so forming the club seemed to be the right thing to do. The guys want to play Rugby League so why travel across the country when they could play here.
“Already we’ve got more than 20 players and for the first year we will be entering a senior side in to the East League, maybe in the second year we’ll have a look at entering a second team for the merit league, there’s that much interest.
“Once the senior side is established we’d like to look at a junior set up as well.
“There are two big rugby union clubs within the Milton Keynes border and rugby is on the up in this area. I think League and union complement each other, historically there was rivalry but now everyone is ok.
“As League builds up its profile more people will become aware of it and we’ll see even more interest in the sport here.”
Milton Keynes has already produced one Rugby League star with England and Wigan Warriors star Sam Tomkins hailing from the town and RFL Officials expect that the sport’s continued geographic expansion will help to unearth even more stars as more people are introduced the sport.
The RFL’s South East Development Officer Ebony Blake said: “The introduction of the MK Wolves is another positive step for the expansion of the game.
“The interest that the club has generated has been fantastic and I am looking forward to seeing them develop over the coming years.
“Milton Keynes is unique, whereby geographically they could play in three different Tier 4 regional competitions and I believe the decision to play in the East Men's League will have a positive impact on not only the club but the league's development.”
An open evening is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday, March 7 for anybody keen above the age of 16.
More than 30 players have already declared an interest but more are welcome, the registration event takes place at the Emerson Valley Pavilion,
For more information about MK Wolves email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @MKWolvesRL on Twitter.