4th October 2018, 17:29 | foundation
Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC have been announced as the top three contenders for the Betfred Super League Foundation of the Year Award, to be presented at the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Awards evening on Monday.
Warrington Wolves have pushed new boundaries in the last 12 months, launching the country's first-ever Physical Disability Rugby League team, going on to help generate unprecedented publicity for PDRL during 2018.
They became inaugural PDRL World Club Champions in August, raising £50,000 to fund their historic trip to Sydney, where they claimed the title, winning 34-12 against South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
The Foundation also supported major Rugby League events this year, hosting the Champion Schools Finals Day at Victoria Park in July, and welcoming a four-figure crowd to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the Women's Challenge Cup Final in August.
The Rhinos have developed into a force to be reckoned with in women's Rugby League, the newly-formed side winning the Challenge Cup and finishing top of the Women's Super League table.
They have also continued their successful programme of introducing women's Rugby League to local community clubs and launched a women's under 19s team as part of their pathway to the elite of the game.
They were also the second Foundation to launch a Physical Disability Rugby League team, with the side showcased alongside their women's team as part of a standalone double-header at Emerald Headingey Stadium which attracted over 1,000 paying spectators.
The Hull FC Foundation have put a major and successful focus on developing the local boys' game in 2018.
Working closely with the Rugby Football League, they have helped re-shape and develop a refined playing opportunity in the Hull area.
They were also the leading partner in getting first team players out coaching into schools, which ended with historic East v West 9s festivals.