The Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation along with The Armed Forces Covenant, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Wigan & Leigh Council and Link4Life will be holding the Wheelchair Rugby League Four Nations. Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer an opening ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall plus fantastic live music and entertainment throughout the tournament which will ensure a brilliant and exciting event for players and spectators alike.

On what will be a historic weekend for sport in the town of Rochdale we are inviting all corners of the community to come together to celebrate equality and diversity through the means of Wheelchair Rugby League.

Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation trustee Niel Wood said; “We are incredibly proud to be able to be able to offer the people of Rochdale an event of this stature. It is a real honour to hold the Wheelchair Rugby League Four Nations on the back of forming our own Wheelchair Rugby League team in the town” Explained Wood.

The Foundation launched a joint bid with Wigan & Leigh Wheelchair Rugby League to bring the tournament to the North West which will see England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete in a two-day competition.

“Obviously with an event of this size, there are costs, but thanks to the Big Lottery Fund Celebration programme, some of the cost has been covered which is a huge boost for us and the people of Rochdale.”

The Big Lottery Fund found that more than half (63%) of people asked reported that they have never or cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their local neighbourhood. If given the chance, more than 40% would like to celebrate their local history, and more than two fifths (43%) of those aged 16 to 24 would celebrate their local culture, art or music.

In response to these findings the Big Lottery Fund asked for local groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes to apply for funding, to hold events or activities that would bring people together and celebrate what makes their local community special.