In a new written series, we want to delve deeper into why our participants love Disability Rugby League. Over the past few years, our sides have gone from strength to strength, playing a curtain-raiser at both Old Trafford and Anfield, while we watched three of our PD participants embark on a trip of a lifetime to Australia, shown exclusively on Amazon Prime.
Please see our first Q&A with LDSL Head Coach, Gareth Ramsey…
How would you explain your love for LDRL?
This is an excellent opportunity for people to join the Learning Disability Rugby League family and be part of a sport that may otherwise be beyond their reach.
How did you get in LDRL? – What is your journey?
My daughter joined to give her something to do. So, I first registered as an able-bodied player, as I had a great relationship, as a volunteer, with Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation on previous occasions. Through this relationship, I was handed my own team, which was great!
How has the sport impacted your life, personally?
LDRL has become a family affair, with my daughter taking part in training every Monday evening and the occasional festivals. In recent times, my wife has become a facilitator to help guide players, while my son also helps at training and match days. We all really enjoy the sport immensely!
As a head coach, you have seen the impact it has made on the players – how does it feel to see them grow?
It fills me with great pride to see them representing a club in which they all love. The big smiles and laughter make all the hard work worthwhile!
Are there any memories or times you look back with fondness or pride?
We have had many memorable days as a team, but for me, personally, it is watching their faces throughout the LDSL curtain-raiser at Anfield back at the 2019 Magic Weekend. It would have to be that, and every other game we play in.
If you would like to sign up for either our PD or LD Rugby League teams, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.