Individual stories of disabled people who have bee

first_imgIndividual stories of disabled people who have been affected by the chaotic closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) are continuing to emerge.The ILF closed on Tuesday this week (30 June), and was marked by a protest outside Downing Street, as well as continuing anger at the impact of the closure on the nearly 17, 000 disabled people with the highest support needs who received funding through the scheme.The Department for Work and Pensions promised to transfer nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced ILF funding to councils in England – through the Department for Communities and Local Government – and to devolved governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.But the transition process has been hit by reports of delays in reassessing former ILF-users and cuts to their individual care packages.Councils in England have now taken full responsibility for funding the social care needs of former ILF-recipients, but they have yet to be told by the government exactly how much funding they will be given, or when it will be handed over.And as the chaos continues, Disability News Service continues to receive further reports of ILF-users hit by the closure, and the chaotic transition process.New examples have come from Ellen Clifford, campaigns worker for Inclusion London, who collated them on behalf of the #SaveILF campaign.One female ILF-user told the campaign that she had been informed that her previous package of seven hours a day of ILF care and five of council care was going to be cut to just three hours a day in total.She was told that she would have to use incontinence pads, which would help her to “be more independent” as she would no longer have to rely on other people to take her to the toilet.If she is left in incontinence pads, she believes her “already very vulnerable skin will be put at even greater risk resulting in breakdown, pain, infections and sores”, while if she is left without the support she needs she will be at risk of “more falls, dislocations and hospitalisation”.Without support, she will also be unable to take her emergency medication which she needs when she has the muscle spasms that paralyse her with pain.She said: “If I am left without the care I need I will be housebound and even bedbound, making my depression, stress, anxiety and social exclusion unbearable.”She said: “My assessment by the social worker was traumatic, embarrassing and dehumanising and being told my care recommendation is just three hours a day when I need someone with me 24 hours a day [she currently receives other unfunded hours from friends, neighbours and family, and on a voluntary basis by her paid personal assistants] has left me stricken and panicked and fearful about how I am supposed to manage.“I feel like a bear in a trap and want to chew off my own hand so I can escape.”She said the prospect of the cut to her package was “devastating, terrifying and soul destroying” and had left her “confused, disorientated and unsure of myself and struggling to think”.She said: “I cannot stop crying and worrying and being overwhelmed by enormous levels of anxiety and stress and anger and I feel so bad for my carers too.“They have been so dedicated to looking after and supporting me for so many, many years, putting in paid and unpaid hours to make sure I was safe and cared for at all times.”She said her current package helps her to use her skills and experience in contributing to society, including serving as chair for three disability charities, and campaigning for disability rights, equality, inclusion, peace and the environment.Another ILF-user spoke of their council care manager suddenly contacting them last month to arrange an “urgent” reassessment, even though the local authority had had three years to plan for the ILF closure.Again, incontinence pads were suggested as a possible solution, even though they have no continence issues.They said: “It wasn’t directly said but it felt like it was being put forward as the solution to cutting of hours, even overnight stays.“There was never any effort to reassure me or to offer me advocacy of any sort. I have no idea what the outcome of the reassessment will be and now just have to wait.”Another ILF-user, who works for their local council as a social worker, has just been reassessed, but a council panel has not yet agreed their support package.They said: “They say they want more in depth information but they already have this.“I work for my local authority as a social worker so find this extremely frustrating and upsetting. It feels like they are not listening and wanting to make cutbacks.”Clifford said: “The majority of ILF recipients and their families have described communication from their local authorities about the ILF transfer process as poor and said they have no confidence at all in their local authorities’ ability to manage it.“Unfortunately this has all fallen on local authorities struggling with a £1.1 billion social care shortfall at the same time as implementing the new [Care Act] legislation.“As we are starting to see, the losers out of all this are disabled people, already reeling under the disproportionate impacts of the cuts.“Our chances to live in the community and take part in ordinary life are being smashed apart.”Picture: Disabled activists at a protest against the ILF closure outside Westminster Abbey in June 2014.last_img read more

MPs have been warned by a prominent activist that

first_imgMPs have been warned by a prominent activist that legalising assisted suicide would mean that some disabled people would die as a result of “exploitation and abuse”.The user-led organisation Not Dead Yet UK held a lobby of MPs this week in a bid to persuade them to vote against the latest attempt to persuade parliament to legalise assisted suicide.About 25 MPs attended the packed event, which was addressed by two leading disabled opponents of legalisation, the crossbench peer Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, and the actor and performer Liz Carr.A private member’s bill put forward by the Labour MP Rob Marris will reach its first key stage on 11 September, when it is debated and voted on in the Commons.The legalisation of assisted suicide is fiercely opposed by much of the disabled people’s movement, who see the battle to prevent such a law as a key disability rights issue.Carr told MPs that the main weapons of the organisation pushing the bill, Dignity in Dying (formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society), were “misinformation, emotion and fear – fear about pain, dependence and disability”.She said she was campaigning on behalf of disabled people who were unable to speak in their own defence and “don’t have access to the drugs, housing, social care, support and choice they would like”.She told MPs: “If this bill becomes law, some disabled and vulnerable people will be subjected to exploitation and abuse and will die as a result.“The very reason we don’t allow capital punishment in this society is because the best police investigation and the best judges can come to the wrong conclusion and execute an innocent person.“This bill if passed will also mean that innocent people get killed. The current law protects people against this kind of abuse. It does not need changing.”Carr was later joined by other NDY UK members as she delivered a letter to Downing Street outlining arguments against the proposed law, thanking the prime minister for his own opposition to legalisation, but expressing “deep concern” about his intention to allow Conservative MPs a free vote on the issue.Carr (pictured, talking to Baroness Grey-Thompson at an NDY UK protest last year) told Disability News Service after the lobby that opposition from disabled people to assisted suicide was often side-lined by the media and in parliament, and the event had been an opportunity to put those views across to politicians.She said it was vital to explain to MPs that opposition to the bill was coming from disabled people with decades of experience of disability activism, and understanding of key disability rights concepts such as the social model of disability.Carr contrasted that with those backing the bill, who often relied on opinion polls and non-disabled celebrity backers.Meanwhile, the European Court of Human Rights has dismissed appeals by two British people seeking changes in the law that would allow disabled people help to end their lives.The court declared the applications by both Tony Lamb and Jane Nicklinson to be inadmissable.Lamb is almost completely paralysed after a car crash and wants legal permission for a volunteer to give him drugs to end his life, while Nicklinson was seeking a change in the law on behalf of her husband Tony, who died in 2012, and had locked-in syndrome.Nicklinson had argued that the domestic courts had failed to determine the compatibility of the law in the UK on assisted suicide with her and her husband’s right to respect for private and family life, but the European court declared this application to be “manifestly ill-founded”, and also found that her complaint had already been examined by the UK Supreme Court.Lamb’s case was declared inadmissible for “non-exhaustion of domestic remedies”, as some of his complaint had not been heard by the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Uncle Ray Balberans 35year quest to shut down juvenile hall

first_img Email Address View this document on ScribdBalberan and Bojorquez in a 1983 San Francisco Examiner article.“I’ll never forget the night Ray got so frustrated he called the White House,” recalled his friend and mentee, Fred Bojorquez, now a social worker, eighteen at the time. Both men remember that night so well because, shockingly, that phone call was a real catalyst for change.“An actual human picked up,” said Balberan, misty-eyed. He is in his seventies now. We chatted in his living room, in a quiet house in lower Pacific Heights that he bought in the ’80s when you could still do something like that — afford a home in San Francisco on a nonprofit salary. “I told her, ‘I want to speak to the president. I’d like to speak to the president of the United States,’” recounted Ray, who smiles when he thinks of that night. “And she says, ‘Well, the president is busy, but how could I help you?’ I said, ‘I’m afraid children are going to die in here.’ And she listened. She just listened and listened.”This call appears to have made an impression. Two weeks later, the Department of Justice called up Real Alternatives Program (R.A.P.), where Ray was working as a case manager at the time, to say that they’d decided to move forward with an investigation into the conditions at Youth Guidance Center. A few months later, in September of 1985, Diane Feinstein, then-mayor of San Francisco, received a sternly worded letter documenting the DOJ’s findings.“Our investigation consisted primarily of extensive tours of the facility between June and August 1985,” wrote William Bradford Reynolds, Assistant Attorney General. “Based on our investigation, we have concluded that the Youth Guidance Center is subjecting juveniles to flagrant or egregious conditions that deprive them of their constitutional rights. In coming to that conclusion, we were cognizant that most juveniles held at YGC have not been convicted of any crime.”The letter documented the institution’s abuses, including arbitrary and frequent use of solitary confinement to punish the children for minor infractions, denying access to bathrooms, forcing children to defecate “on themselves or in their rooms, which do not have commodes,” (according to the report) and refusing the kids the ability to make a single phone call for weeks and months on end. Reynolds then recommended remedial measures be taken by the city to ensure that something changes; that these kids were no longer denied their rights and severely mistreated.Though Balberan doesn’t think the investigation went quite far enough in curtailing the abuses at YGC, he’s still proud of that moment so many years ago. It was a catalyst, laying the groundwork for a historic Board of Supervisors vote nearly four decades later to shut down Juvenile Hall for good. Carolyn Goossen, a legislative aide for Supervisor Hilary Ronen, cited “Uncle Ray” and his years of activism as one of the reasons the move to close Juvenile Hall by 2021 was ultimately successful.“Shutting it down was something that the community has been talking about for decades,” she said. “There is literally an organization in the Mission that was run by Ray Balberan that was working towards this end.”The call to the White House was the start of something big. And it taught Ray something important about how to make a difference. Lesson no. 1: Document everything.Ray Balberan spent nearly 40 years of his life as a nonprofit case manager, mostly for Real Alternatives Program (R.A.P.) in the Mission, working to keep kids off the streets and out of gangs. That meant that his role was often to accompany his clients to court, advocating for them in a way that public defenders, lawyers and parents couldn’t or wouldn’t. There’s one teenager and one court visit he remembers in particular.“So we went to court, and I told the judge, ‘your honor, my client didn’t have a blanket [at YGC].’ So she stopped the whole thing. Like what? We didn’t talk about what he’d done. Oh, his mother was there, the DA was there. The police had to chart, you know, a picture, they had all the facts on him. They were gonna wash them. The judge said, ‘I want the director of Juvenile Hall to come to court.’ I said, ‘Oh fuck.’ And so she, she asked her, ‘there’s this boy, did he have a blanket?’ And she said, ‘I really don’t know, your honor.’ And she said, ‘How many kids don’t have a blanket?’ ‘I don’t know. I have to go check.’ And she said, ‘Okay.’ And she let my guy go. And I learned something from that. The court has to know what’s happened to these kids. You don’t have blankets, they don’t have shoes, and they don’t have soap. You can’t keep them in here. So that opened up my head. That’s why we need to document every fucking thing.”Lesson no. 2: Protecting children from abuses of power requires vigilance and courage. Ray Balberan dispenses unconditional love. Photo by Lola M. ChavezAs Balberan described the conditions children experienced while incarcerated more than 35 years ago, he reflected on the similarity between his findings and recent revelations of squalid conditions experienced by refugee children at detention centers at the southern border. It was a reminder of the continued vulnerability of children — especially poor children, especially immigrants and non-white children.“It makes no difference where you are,” he said. “You could be here in San Francisco, you could be at the border. You can be treated just as cruel because you’re a child, and you’re unprotected. But children are the most protected class in the United States according to the law. I mean if you look up the laws, there are tons of laws protecting him. But the people are beyond the law, they don’t, they don’t want to use the law to protect children, you know?”After talking to me in his living room for nearly two hours, Ray called me later that night and left a message. He’d been thinking about what we talked about, about the similarities between now and then. It was important, he said, that we know our history. That we see the way power corrupts.Lesson no. 3: Some things are too broken to fix.In June 2019, nearly four decades after Balberan and his co-workers at R.A.P. first began their crusade to shut down YGC, the Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to close Juvenile Hall by 2021, citing exorbitant costs and extensive research that says locking up children doesn’t fix them. This vote reflected Balberan’s perception that some things you cannot fix; some things you have to tear down altogether. It’s a concept that he has been explaining for as long as he can remember. “Reform is dangerous,” he told me, and it took a while to sink in. How can trying to make something better be bad? But in his opinion, the very existence of a juvenile hall was a type of reform that never worked.“Before, not too long ago, children were sent to prison with adults,” he explained. “Then we said, ‘no, you can’t punish kids because in a few years they are going to change.’ Physically, they are going to grow, mentally, they are going to expand. They’re going to be a different person. So you can’t punish them. So they became juveniles, wayward children. So they’re not criminals, but look at the places they’re in. Because the system that reformed it was supported and run by the adult system. So you know that reform did not work.”The community-based alternatives to incarceration that Balberan and the current Board of Supervisors dreamed up might really work, Balberan thinks. But it’s not reform, he says: it’s a revolution.Lesson no. 4: Change happens from the ground up. What Balberan emphasized again and again was the importance of community-based interventions for struggling youth. In other words, how important it is to have case workers and advocates who belong to the community; who know the language and customs. Balberan described his personalized approach as a case manager as one rooted in compassion and understanding.“Since they are children, not criminals,” he said, “they can be treated. We find out their risk factors in their lives, and their strengths. We have to go with the strengths, too. We can’t just say, ‘Oh, he has all these risks.’ He he has some strengths in his life, too. And then we present the court with a community-based treatment program that would help reduce the risk factors in his life. Whatever they may be. And then we have to empower the young person that it’s his plan. That he has some agency.” Balberan remembers the love he felt from the community when he was a case manager; the people who welcomed him into their home, into their families, fed him. Did he consider the kids he helped keep off the streets part of his family? He nodded.  “I still do.”Lesson no. 5: Don’t be intimidated.It takes a lot to go up against a system that was never built for you, Balberan says. Resting on the couch, he leans to his side, holding himself up with one arm. He hurt his back the day before, and is still recovering. His days are quieter than they once were — but he’s not fully retired from his work of making the world a more just place. He speaks about the confidence and conviction he developed when he was a young man.“Sometimes you just have to get up in the system, get up in it, and don’t be intimidated by. At one time, the system intimidated us, our families, our children — it intimidated us. But we’re not afraid of the system, not anymore. We learned that we can change the system.”Lesson no. 6: The kids know best.The alternative high school that operated out of the Sunshine Building at 2730 Bryant Street of 25th Street. All Archival Photos are from Ray Balberan’s collection.Balberan is joyous that his years of work have paid off — that, finally, Juvenile Hall is set to close for good. But he still has some advice for the working group that will be in charge of crafting the system that will replace Juvenile Hall.“I think the young people should have a major stake in the new programs,” Ray said. “I really feel that it should be in their hands; the care and treatment and love and alternatives for their peers.” In fact, he thinks the working group doesn’t need very many adults.“Working with young people helped me learn a lot about myself,” he said. “I learned that I don’t have all the answers.”Ray Balberan is a talker. He has so much to share about fighting the good fight, and what it takes to change the world. This is draining but, in many ways, it was the nature of the work that kept him going.“I loved it,” he said. “I had a purpose. It brings out the best of people, fighting for self-determination.” San Francisco made national news this summer by becoming the first major city in the nation to begin the process of closing its juvenile detention center. But this was a long time coming. Organizers have been pushing for this for years. Ray Balberan, a lifelong San Franciscan in his mid-70s, has been advocating to close juvenile hall for decades. It was 1983 and Balberan was furious. Not enough was being done to protect children incarcerated at San Francisco’s juvenile hall.  Balberan — who is known as “Uncle Ray” in the neighborhood — had already spent two years carefully documenting dozens of charges of physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the Youth Guidance Center, which is what Juvenile Hall used to be called. Yet only one counselor had been fired. Balberan wasn’t fooling around. He picked up the phone and called the president. The president of the United States. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter His life’s work was to stop the incarceration of youth in San Francisco. It’s finally happening. last_img read more

SAINTS cruised into their eleventh consecutive Cha

first_imgSAINTS cruised into their eleventh consecutive Challenge Cup Semi Final in a row with a comprehensive 54-6 demolition of Hull KR.Rampant in attack, they ran in ten tries with Jonny Lomax, Leon Pryce, Scott Moore and Michael Shenton at the heart of a dynamic performance.An end to end first half saw Saints lead 20-6 and producing some of their best rugby league of the season.Tries from Leon Pryce, Sia Soliola and Jon Wilkin put them 16-0 to the good, before Ben Galea pulled one back.But a stunning move involving Pryce, Lomax and Shenton saw Tommy Makinson in for his eighth of the season.Scott Moore rounded off a fine move early in the second half before Lomax capped off a fine display with a scampering effort.Moore’s offload to James Roby brought up their seventh of the afternoon – and he then chipped through for Makinson to nudge his second.Eastmond and Lomax continued the roll for Wilkin’s second, before Michael Shenton completed the rout with one of his own.Royce Simmons made a couple of changes from the side that beat Catalans last week – Paul Wellens returning from an Achilles injury and Leon Pryce starting at 6.Elsewhere, Tony Puletua stepped up to prop with Jon Wilkin filling in at 13.Hull KR named their strongest squad of the season – and a daunting one too.After a tight opening eight minutes with Hull KR just on top Leon Pryce showed just what makes him such a dangerous player.Making a mini-break and winning another six as the ball went to ground – on the next drive he found a gap and plunged over.Foster with the conversion.Rovers smashed the ball out on the restart and following another penalty, Michael Shenton’s well-timed pass saw Sia Soliola in.Saints third try was world class – Wilkin broke down the centre and found Lomax who skipped through two challenges. His pass then went to ground but Wilkin was on hand to chip forward and increase Saints lead.At 16-0 up, Saints were looking comfortable but after they were penalised Ben Galea found a gaping hole to get the Robins back into it.Dobson making it a 10 point game.But on the back of a penalty, Saints were up the field and Pryce, Lomax and Shenton combined for Tommy Makinson to get over for his eighth of the season.Saints could have been out of site but after Francis Meli intercepted Blake Green’s pass and went fully 80 yards, Kris Welham made a wonder tackle right in the corner.Saints 20-6 to the good at half time.The second half couldn’t have begun any better – Tony Puletua breaking through the middle, finding Lomax who neatly sidestepped and sent Scott Moore in.Foster with his third conversion of the afternoon.Jonny Lomax grabbed Saints sixth score when a dummy runner and cut out ball saw him race through a massive gap.Moore provided the pass for Roby for Saints’ seventh before his erstwhile boot saw Makinson grab his second.Eastmond linked with Lomax for Wilkin’s second, then Michael Shenton added one of his own late on to complete the deal.Saints march on to their eleventh successive final and their desire for silverware continues.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Pryce, Soliola, Wilkin (2), Makinson (2), Moore, Lomax, Roby, ShentonGoals: Foster (7 from 10)Hull KR:Tries: GaleaGoals: Dobson (1 from 1)Penalties:Saints: 12Hull KR: 7HT: 20-6FT: 54-6REF: Ben ThalerATT: 6449Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Thomas Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 22. Jamie Foster; 6. Leon Pryce, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 11. Tony Puletua, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Chris Flannery, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 7. Kyle Eastmond 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 21. Shaun Magennis.Hull KR:1. Shaun Briscoe; 2. Peter Fox, 3. Kris Welham, 4. Jake Webster, 5. Liam Colbon; 6. Blake Green, 7. Michael Dobson; 20. Michael Vella, 18. Josh Hodgson, 16. Jason Netherton, 11. Clint Newton, 12. Ben Galea, 13. Scott Murrell.Subs: 8. Rhys Lovegrove, 9. Ben Fisher, 15. Scott Wheeldon, 22. Scott Taylor.last_img read more

SAINTS will travel to Rochdale Hornets on Friday J

first_imgSAINTS will travel to Rochdale Hornets on Friday January 25 for their last pre-season friendly before Super League kicks off.The match, which kicks off at 8pm, will be the ideal opportunity for players wanted to force themselves into Nathan Brown’s plans.The side will contain both first team squad players and the next generation of first team players who will be part of the new Under 19s competition.Entry is £10 adults, £8 concessions (oap, NUS) and £3 kids.last_img

NATHAN Brown says Josh Perry is unlikely to play a

first_imgNATHAN Brown says Josh Perry is unlikely to play again this season.The 32-year-old prop looks set to have an operation on a pectoral injury he suffered earlier in the season.“When he hurt his pec at the start of the year the best case scenario was that he didn’t need an operation,” he said. “The second case was he needed an operation and would be gone for the rest of the year.“The third was for him to have a shot at rehab, and that would take around eight weeks. That was always a 50:50 and came back, tried to play, but he needs an op.“I suppose if he was a younger player he could have had the op earlier on but as he’s older he wanted to play.But the injury isn’t right and that means it’s likely this will finish his year but not his career.”He continues: “It hurts us a little but we have Alex Walmsley, Tony Puletua, Louie, Ant Walker and Anthony Laffranchi will be back this week too.“Greg Richards from the under 19s has a lot of talent and he will begin to train with us soon once he has finished his A Levels.”last_img read more

NATHAN Brown was understandably delighted with Sai

first_imgNATHAN Brown was understandably delighted with Saints win over Warrington on Thursday night but also erred on the side of caution.His side thumped the Wolves 38-8 and were inspired by a superb performance from Luke Walsh on his debut.The scrum half scored a try and kicked seven from seven in an impressive display.“It was pleasing to come to Warrington and get the result we did against a wonderful coach and successful team,” Brown said. “It was a good start and now our job is to play well on a consistent basis. Next week we play Hull and they are a tough side to beat.“We will have to play better next week to beat them as we know there was a lot of stuff in the second half tonight we can imrpove on. We’re really rapped with what the guys did, but we can’t get away with ourselves.“Luke Walsh had a good game and some of that was down to the good stuff from the forwards. It’s there to see what Walshy can bring to the team. We knew what we needed and the fact we have a supportive chairman really helped to bring him in.“It’s allowed Jon Wilkin to go back to his favoured spot and Luke’s style of play suits Gary Wheeler. Walsh is an on the ball 7 whilst Wheels is more of a free spirit.“Gary has worked hard in pre-season and has trained the best he’s ever done. He’s given himself himself the best chance and everyone would agree, a fit Gary Wheeler is a terrific young player and we are hoping his body holds up.“We do have Lance Hohaia who can come in and play a number of positions. It breaks my heart not playing him as he deserves to play every week. He is a terrific little player and a great bloke but it is hard to find a spot for everyone.”Brown also praised his side’s defence that kept the Wolves at bay for long periods.“Our desire to turn up each other was great. Our young left edge struggled a little early on but Mark Percival really showed his qualities. He had a tough time early on, but readjusted himself at half time and his second half was really good. Him and Adam Swift, were up against Ben Westwood, Chris Bridge and Joel Monaghan – these are class players. I thought Wheels did a terrific job of defending Westwood too.“We wanted to come here and do the best we could and we did but we can’t get carried away. Warrington were down on numbers and are a good side who will be hard to beat in the future. If we are playing Warrington at the end of the year and beating then we will be a very happy club.”Saints kick off their Langtree Park season next Friday February 21 as Hull FC come to town.Get your tickets now by logging on here, calling 01744 455 052 or by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also take advantage of our Season Ticket Taster too!last_img read more

SAINTS aim to continue their winning ways this Fri

first_imgSAINTS aim to continue their winning ways this Friday when they host Wakefield Wildcats at Langtree Park.So far Keiron Cunningham’s side have taken home the spoils in three of their four opening First Utility Super League fixtures.And fresh from their 28-22 decision over Castleford – with former Wildcat Kyle Amor (pictured) the pick of the forwards, they’ll head into the match full of confidence.“I was happy with how we went on Friday,” Cunningham said. “There’s plenty of improvement in us for sure and we are working hard in training.“You can only play what’s in front of you and the conditions but we are beginning to pick up some nice points along the way.”Wakefield have one win in their five matches to date – but almost pulled off a remarkable comeback at home to Catalan on Sunday.Down 26-0 they rallied for 26-22 before the Dragons won 42-28.Coach Brian Smith said: “I was very disappointed with our defensive performance in the first half and, when we got ourselves back in the game, we let ourselves down with defensive problems.“If you concede 42 points you are not going to win. That part was very disappointing, generally we’re better than that.“The boys were still putting in at the end but you get no medals for trying. In professional sport you’ve got to be better than that.“We’ve got to learn how to go with the opposition early doors in games. The opening part of the game is vital so it’s back to the drawing board for us.”Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 8pm on Friday March 11 are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Guests enjoy a sumptuous threecourse meal premat

first_imgGuests enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal pre-match with direct access to premium seats that allow you to watch the game in style.The Package Includes:Premium padded match seats in the South Stand close to the half way lineDelicious pre-match three-course meal plus a tasting plate with complimentary tea & coffee at half-timePrivate cash barProfessional & vastly experienced lounge compère – Pete EmmettPre-match interviews with Saints’ squad players and legendsPost-match interview with Saints Man of the MatchComplimentary Match Programme for each guest10% merchandise discount for Saints Superstore (located at the Totally Wicked Stadium) on Matchday, just show your match ticket in store to qualifyOur Lounge magician, John Holt will visit your table and entertain your groupSky Sports live game will be shown in the Lounge.Post-match Quiz with the prize of a round of drinks for your table courtesy of our partners, Robinsons BreweryCar Parking (for parties of four or more – subject to availability.Prices are £55 (adult) and £30 (junior) for non members whereas 2018 Members can upgrade for £45 and £25.If you would like more information or you would like to book, please call us on 01744 455 053,  email, or book here.last_img read more

Club Hospitality

first_imgFor the first time in 24 years and 94 consecutive games, the fixture can only be experienced live with a match ticket as it will not be televised!Our VIP places in our 1873 Lounge and Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge have fully sold out for this huge fixture.The Warriors will head to the fortress of the Totally Wicked Stadium, a venue at which the Saints have a fantastic record in 2019.Local bragging rights, two Super League points and a chance to further cement our position at the top of the table, are at stake as well as the chance to write another page in the history of this great fixture.Match tickets are still available for this MUST-SEE event and start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults. You can get yours online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.,For the first time in 24 years and 94 consecutive games, the fixture can only be experienced live with a match ticket as it will not be televised!Our VIP places in our 1873 Lounge and Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge have fully sold out for this huge fixture.The Warriors will head to the fortress of the Totally Wicked Stadium, a venue at which the Saints have a fantastic record in 2019.,Match tickets are still available for this MUST-SEE event and start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults. You can get yours online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more