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New rugby scheme launched for people with a learning disability

A learning disability rugby programme has been launched by the Newcastle Rugby Foundation aimed at empowering individuals with learning disabilities and giving them a chance to become a rugby player.

In partnerships with Wooden Spoon Durham and Wooden Spoon Northumberland, the scheme was launched this week at Kingston Park Stadium and featured an inclusive rugby session tailored to meet the specific needs of participants.

Open to all abilities regardless of prior experience, the programme champions accessibility. With both organisations committed to broadening their reach, they aim to make a meaningful impact on the lives of participants and their families, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment within the rugby community.

Rugby match

Iain Stewart, chair of Wooden Spoon Northumberland, said: “Wooden Spoon Northumberland are delighted to support the Learning Disability programme organised by Newcastle Rugby Foundation. The programme fits well with our National Game Changer campaign to help give young people with a disability the chance to become a rugby player.”

The programme is for individuals with additional needs across the North East and sessions will include physical exercises, team building and skill-building. There will also be an opportunity to compete against other learning disability teams nationwide.


Rugby game

Darren Greco, funding and development manager at Newcastle Rugby Foundation, said: “We are excited to be developing and delivering a Learning Disability rugby programme here at Kingston Park Stadium, in partnership with Wooden Spoon Durham and Wooden Spoon Northumberland. This is a great opportunity for families to come together through the valued ethos of rugby.”

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