MORE than 500 people turned up to a gala held by the Dearne Valley Bulldogs as they raised funds and awareness of rugby league in the region.

The sport is traditionally more popular in West Yorkshire and Lancashire but the growing club is progressing well and has large participation numbers among youngsters.

The Bulldogs managed to win the under-eights tournament at Ings Lane Sports and Social Club in Bolton and Wath won in the under-13s category.

Visiting teams from Keighley, Crigglestone, Hillsborough, Eastmoor and Selby added good competition to the day's event which raised more than £1,000.

The club won an award earlier this year from Jacamo for being the most dedicated amateur team in the country. It bagged £1,000 in sponsorship and won a training session with the Wigan Warriors.