LEEDS Disability Tag Rugby Festival

DATE: 22nd Sept 2016


SCHOOLS ENTERED: East SILC (A) & (B), West SILC, East SILC- Temple Moor, West Oaks, NW SILC, South SILC (A) & (B), South SILC- Rodillian Ac (A) & (B)

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As people across the world are inspired by the Paralympic Games in Rio this month, Young people and adults with a disability closer to home will come together for the 16th annual Disability Tag Rugby Festival on the 20th September at John Charles Centre for Sport featuring teams from organisations across Yorkshire.

As part of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s commitment to provide sporting opportunities for all abilities, organisations across the city, including many of the Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre’s and schools with additional needs departments who have worked with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation this year will turn out for the event in partnership with Leeds City Council.

Teams from the Leeds area will be joined by a number of adult groups invited from across the county to John Charles Centre for Sport for the festival, which provides rugby competition for ambulant children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or moderate physical disability, with ability levels from beginners through to more advanced players.

Organiser from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Chris Godfrey is looking forward to welcoming teams for the day:

“The Disability Tag Rugby Festival is always a fantastic event and every year brings more teams together to mix with each other and enjoy some competition. This year we are lucky enough to have another all-purpose facility in John Charles Centre for Sport which I’m sure will make it extra special occasion for everyone involved.

“There has been plenty of preparation and build up to the event again this year, with many of the teams signposted from our delivery across the city in the local SILCS and schools we have worked with, which is all possible due to funding from St James’s Place Foundation.”

The event, which is staffed by coaches and delivery staff from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, is likely to attract over 20 teams who will have the chance to meet members of the Leeds Rhinos squad who support the event each year.