YCK Disability Rugby League

When – Wednesdays from 12th May, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Who – Individuals with learning or physical disabilities
Where – York St John Sports Park, Haxby Road, YO31 8TA
Cost – Free
Book – contact a.prentis@yorkcityknights.com

About

The York City Knights Disability Rugby League club offers an adaption of the traditional game developed to allow those with disabilities to enjoy the game of Rugby League. Our current squad has a wide range of ages, abilities and backgrounds and welcomes new players with either physical or learning difficulties.

Face to face Sessions to return

We are delighted to be able to offer a return of face-to-face sessions with a new training time of Wednesday’s evenings. Our weekly sessions will commence with first session starting on Wednesday 12th May from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The long-awaited return comes after the disruption of the past 12 months. In recent months, we have been preparing for the return of the 2021 season by running weekly online sessions, but this is now the next step in returning to normality.

Sessions are free of charge and take place at York St John Sports Park, Haxby Road, YO31 8TA.

The emphasis of our sessions is on inclusion and enjoyment and to provide a team-sport experience to those who would previously may not have had such an opportunity. Our sessions are generally non-competitive and completely inclusive. LDRL activities are delivered with a view to developing the participants skills and confidence while providing new challenges and opportunities.

Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League

The Knights are one of 12 founder clubs, playing against such clubs as Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, Newcastle Thunder, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Wakefield Trinity, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, and Wigan Warriors.

Super League (Europe) and the Rugby Football League (RFL) have partnered with the national social care charity Community Integrated Care (CIC) to form a ground-breaking inclusive sports programme for people with learning disabilities and autism.

The ‘Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League’ gives people with learning disabilities and autism the opportunity to play an adapted version of Rugby League, in a series of high-profile festivals and events.

We launched our Disability RL club back in 2019 and within our first year the team played in several festivals including the opportunity to play in front of Sky TV cameras, thousands of fans and a whole host of high-profile sporting arenas including Anfield home of Liverpool F.C, Craven Park and Bootham Crescent amongst other venues. Fixtures are organised on a festival basis with several of these teams coming together on the one day.

As of 2021, our programme now offers participants the opportunity to incorporates playing Rugby League with the Mencap Round the World Challenge (RTWC).

The programme aims to promote physical activity, the development of skills, confidence and positive experiences for people with disabilities, and promote social inclusion. Our aim is to provide additional support to people with a disability to get out and get active in a way that is flexible, fun and motivating.

New participants can register their interest HERE.

For more information contact Adam Prentis on 01904 876527 or email a.prentis@yorkcityknights.com.

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