As part of the strategic development partnership between North Wales Crusaders and Wales Rugby League (WRL), Crusaders Reserves have relaunched as a WRL community club to be known as Wrexham Crusaders ARLFC.
This rebrand is essential to interact with the local community in the Wrexham area and provide accessible rugby league for everyone.
Wrexham Crusaders ARLFC will offer rugby league for women and men, plus junior age groups for both boys and girls, bringing the sport to a wider player base.
The WRL community club will be part of North Wales Crusaders’ family and join the new North Wales rugby league structure alongside the likes of Flintshire Falcons, with a number of further announcements expected in the near future.
North Wales Crusaders remain the region’s professional rugby league club and will work with WRL and the community clubs in the area to provide player, coach and match official development pathways.
WRL community games will also add to the matchday experience at North Wales Crusaders, with some games played as curtain raisers.
Wrexham Crusaders chairman Conrad Anderson said: “I’ve always been passionate about developing homegrown talent.
“North Wales is a hot bed of rugby talent and there is room for both codes.
“We have identified athletes who have ambitions to play both codes and I feel this the right time to explore that option.”
Wrexham Crusaders have worked hard to build a partnership with Wrexham Rugby Union Football Club (RFC), where all Wrexham Crusaders home matches will take place in 2021 and beyond.
Wrexham RFC director Denzil Brockhurst added: “We’re looking forward to working with North Wales Crusaders in developing rugby of both codes in Wrexham.”
North Wales Crusaders chairman Ian Edwards said: “We consider the growth of the community game in North Wales as being a big part of what we are trying to do at at the club.
“The more people who become involved in the game, the greater we hope our fan base will become.
“I’d particularly like to thank Denzil and Wrexham RFC for working with us and I hope that the partnership is a success for both of us.”
Wales Rugby League chief executive Gareth Kear added: “The national development strategy for rugby league in Wales is to build sustainable community clubs.
“Wrexham Crusaders are a perfect example of how WRL community clubs can build participation and support fan engagement for the professional team.”
Wrexham Crusaders are recruiting players and you can register your interest today.
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