Wakefield Trinity LDSL Head Coach, Gareth Ramsey, has admitted the sport is all about love representing the club badge as we head to York for this weekend’s Learning Disability Super League festival.
After returning to play in April following a year out due to Covid-19, the sport has gone from strength to strength as York City Knights Foundation host the fourth festival of the year.
Being started as an all-inclusive sport alongside Physical Disability Rugby League in 2018, the sport took centre stage in 2019, being played at Anfield for the Magic Weekend.
2020 was a difficult year, globally, but the sport has taken a new lease of life after the break, with Wakefield, Castleford and Featherstone all hosting festivals in recent weeks.
“Festivals are a chance for teams to get together to play rugby in a controlled and safe environment of which most participants wouldn’t otherwise be able to,” said Gareth, speaking ahead of this weekend’s event.
“One team will host, and a mini-tournament is played with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment.”
“Everyone involved loves being part of a team and representing a club badge. Players make friends from other teams and it’s great to see them interact together.”
Initially starting with just a handful of members, the Foundation has spent a large amount of time moulding our disability setup into what it is today.
Now, three years later, weekly sessions with over 15 participants are held at Eastmoor Dragons ARLFC, with the emphasis being put on both enjoyment and physical inclusion.
“We train once a week which brings the team together, so they see friends and have fun.
“Training sessions always conclude with a small game, so all players understand what to when we do attend a festival.
“Learning Disability Rugby League is a great way to make new friends and become part of an all-inclusive family.”
For more information about this weekend’s festival or to get involved in our LDSL set-up, please email email@example.com.