YCK Disability Rugby League


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.

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

The ‘Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League’ (LDSL) gives people with learning disabilities the opportunity to play an adapted version of Rugby League, in a series of high-profile festivals and events. Here at the Knights, we run a disability rugby club that welcomes individuals with physical and learning disabilities. Our players with physical disabilities are given the option of playing in the LDSL as facilitators to support other members of the team.

Our programme aims to promote physical activity, skill development, confidence, and social inclusion for people with disabilities. The Knights are proud to provide additional support to people with a disability to get out and be active in a way that is flexible, fun, and motivating.

This is a world-first initiative as a professional sports league shares its brand with a learning disability sports programme. The inclusive competition has been supported by 10 founder clubs, including York City Knights, who have established their own LDSL teams.

Learning Disability Rugby League (LDRL) is a specially adapted non-competitive game, which focuses on encouraging participation and skills development.

Our programme now offers participants the opportunity to incorporate playing Rugby League with the Mencap’s Round the World Challenge (RTWC) and Let’s get digital.

During the season, our weekly sessions will run on a Wednesday evening. Although we are currently on an end of season break, we will still run events over the off-season and welcome any new members to get in touch to find out more. Events include a new Let’s Get digital programme run in partnership with MENCAP helping players to stay connected over the winter months.

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

New participants can register their interest HERE.

For more information visit https://www.rugby-league.com/get-involved/play/learning-disability-rl or contact Adam Prentis on 01904 670 880 / a.prentis@yorkcityknights.com