Darlington Mowden Park are delighted to announce that they have teamed up with a local wheelchair rugby team to form the DMP Bulls. The team, who previously competed as the North East Bulls, will become fully-fledged club members under the Mowden Park constitution.

The DMP Bulls will compete in the highest level of club competition, Division One of the BT Super Series, and will begin their campaign on Saturday 30th September in the first of three league weekends. Dale Thompson, Regional Development Officer for GBWR, is pleased with the new merger: “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.”

Chairman of Mowden Park, Mick Birch added: “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. Our Club now has more than twenty 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 Bulls come into the 2017/18 season on the back of a seventh place finish in their first season back in the top division and they have bolstered their ranks with the signing of former West Coast Crash player Coral Batey. Batey was part of Paul Shaw’s GB squad that finished fifth at the Rio Paralympic Games and she will be a welcome addition to the squad.

Looking ahead to the coming season, DMP Bulls Chairman Graeme Smith commented on the team’s prospects: “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.”