Barrow Raiders have been crowned Betfred Championship Club of the Year for 2022, while Paul Crarey was named Coach of the Year at the Betfred Championship and League 1 Awards. 

On the Raiders’ return to the Betfred Championship, Crarey guided the club to a sensational fourth-placed finish and subsequent play-off spot.

The Raiders enjoyed a number of memorable performances over the course of the league campaign, as well as a Betfred Challenge Cup run which saw the club push Super League side Huddersfield Giants all the way in front of the BBC cameras at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium.

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The club has also gone from strength-to-strength on other fronts, providing the first Cumbrian presence in the Betfred Women’s Super League and reaching the Group 2 play-offs under the guidance of head coach Amanda Wilkinson.  

Subsequently, Crarey has been honoured for the instrumental role he has played in the Raiders’ successful season in the second tier, while the club itself has been recognised for its achievements. 

Crarey received the Coach of the Year award ahead of fellow nominees Adrian Lam of Leigh Centurions and Halifax Panthers’ Simon Grix, and we would like to place on record our congratulations to both coaches for the fantastic seasons they have enjoyed at their respective clubs.

The winners were announced at the Betfred Championship and League 1 Awards night at Headingley on Monday evening, with a number of players, coaches and club officials in attendance. 

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Elsewhere on the night, Tee Ritson was also nominated for Betfred Championship Player of the Year,  while the Advantage! Barrow Raiders Community Foundation were also recognised in the Foundation of the Year category.

Meanwhile, Sam Eseh, who made five appearances for the club on loan from Wakefield Trinity earlier in 2022, was crowned Betfred Championship Young Player of the Year.

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