Whiteley takes on Wheelchair RL
Hull FC legend Johnny Whiteley MBE, the Black and Whites former captain and Great Britain International, paid a special visit to the Hull FC Wheelchair Rugby League coaching sessions recently.
The wheelchair programme, one of the first of its kind in Super League, is run in conjunction with Hull City Council and the RFL over a 12 week period and Whiteley was on hand to lend his support and a few coaching tips to the group.
“I really enjoyed it and they are a really talented group,” said Whiteley, who took time to talk tactics and teach some simple ball skills.
“They were all very keen and worked tremendously hard in the session and that’s all you can ask for and I have to say, they are a skilful bunch.
“Although the game is very similar to Rugby League and quite an exciting form of the game, it does promote different skill sets, some of which are very challenging, but they make it look easy!”
The programme is now entering it’s eight week, with the next session scheduled for Monday 21st March at Sirius Academy on Pickering Road in Hull.
Specialist wheelchair Rugby League coaches, wit national experience, host the sessions with the Hull FC Foundation, with the aim of offering fun and enjoyable events that everyone can get involved with.
Hull FC Foundation Officer, Danny Wilson, commented, “The sessions have been going really well and it has been great to see exactly how much the guys have enjoyed them.
“To have some one like Johnny Whiteley come down and share a few stories and pass on his knowledge is a memorable experience for them all and something they’ll have found very rewarding.”
He added, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Johnny for coming down and would like to extend the invitation to anyone else who would like to join us for the final few sessions of the programme.”