Darlington Mowden Park has teamed up with a local wheelchair rugby team to form the Darlington Mowden Park Bulls.
As part of the new partnership, the team, who previously competed as the North East Bulls, will become fully-fledged club members under the Mowden Park constitution.
Mick Birch, the Mowden Park chairman, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that we’re able to welcome the Bulls into the Mowden family.
“I’m personally thrilled to have them as part of this wonderful club and I’m looking forward to seeing them develop over the coming years.”
Birch added: “Our club now has more than 20 teams regularly turning out and I’m certain all of our current members will be as equally pleased to see another side wearing Mowden Park colours.”
The Darlington Mowden Park Bulls will compete in the highest level of club competition, Division 1 of the BT Super Series.
They begin their campaign on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 in the first of three weekend mini-tournaments.
Dale Thompson, Regional Development Officer for GB Wheelchair Rugby (pictured), was equally pleased with the new merger.
He explained: “It’s great to see that a partnership has been formed between the two clubs.
Mowden Park are a big club with a good family ethos which will coincide nicely with the Bulls values.
It’s an excellent step forward for both parties and I hope both clubs can benefit greatly from the partnership.”
The Darlington Mowden Park Bulls will begin the 2017/2018 campaign with new summer signing, Coral Batey.
She joins the club having been a part of the Paralympics GB squad that competed in Rio 2016.
Looking ahead to the coming season, Darlington Mowden Park Bulls chairman Graeme Smith said he has high hopes for the team.
He said: “We’re really looking forward to starting the season as an official Mowden Park team.
“The partnership is a real positive for wheelchair rugby in the region and we hope it will help us progress as a team in years to come.”
Source: Darlington Mowden Park