The Midlands 9s Rugby League Tournament is about to get a taste of Telford’s rugby prowess as the Telford Raiders proudly announce their participation in this year’s event. After an impressive 2023 season where the club celebrated two decades of rugby excellence, the Raiders are eager to make their mark on the Midlands 9s stage.

Last year marked a historic milestone for the Telford Raiders, as they not only commemorated 20 years of Rugby League in Telford but also secured their most successful year to date. The club clinched victories in both the men’s league and the inaugural Women’s Super League Midlands, establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the rugby world. Additionally, the Raiders expanded their horizons by introducing a master’s side, showcasing their commitment to fostering rugby talent across all age groups.

According to the Raiders’ website, their player-focused coaching philosophy is centred on skills acquisition, development, team play, and, most importantly, fun. The club has a rich history of nurturing youth and junior players, with many going on to further their rugby careers with esteemed professional clubs such as St Helens, Wigan, Warrington, and Castleford. Not only have Raiders’ alumni found success on the field, but they have also made their mark in the armed forces, with players representing the Army and RAF. Additionally, numerous former Raiders have pursued higher education, attending renowned universities, including Liverpool John Moores, Leeds, Oxford, Nottingham, Manchester, and Gloucester.

The Telford Raiders take pride in the seamless transition of their youth players into the senior team, a testament to the club’s commitment to holistic player development. None of these achievements would be possible without the dedicated efforts of a fantastic group of volunteers, coaches, and administrators. These individuals are focused on providing all Raiders players with opportunities to thrive, ensuring they develop into lifelong participants and contribute to the growth of Rugby League beyond its traditional heartlands.

The Raiders’ support system extends beyond the playing field, making it possible for more individuals to access activities beneficial to both physical and mental health. Through their unwavering commitment to building a club the local community can be proud of, the Telford Raiders are shaping the future of Rugby League in the Midlands.

As they gear up for the Midlands 9s Rugby League Tournament, the Telford Raiders carry with them a legacy of success, a commitment to player development, and a passion for growing the sport they love. Rugby enthusiasts across the region can look forward to witnessing the Raiders in action as they strive to add another chapter of triumph to their storied history.