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What are LDRL & LDSL?

Learning Disability Rugby League is aimed at bringing the sport of rugby to those in their local communities with learning disabilities or associated conditions, with emphasis on enjoyment and inclusivity.

At the Featherstone Rovers Foundation, we are proud to have a playing offer where people with learning disabilities can come and enjoy rugby while developing both physically and socially.

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LDSL at Featherstone Rovers

Featherstone Rovers Foundation have been delivering Learning Disability Rugby League for a long time, even before it became a variation of the sport. The Foundation have had a long standing partnership with Millennium Support, who are an organisation who support adults with Learning difficulties through their assisted living services and resource centres. For many years the people accessing support have enjoyed weekly Rugby League based sessions lead by Rovers coaches and first team players.

Millennium Support strengthened their partnership at the start of the season when they took over the Stadium naming rights and Steven Clough, their CEO joined the FR RLFC Board of Directors.

Amy Hardman, Head of Foundation said ‘We are thrilled to be able to have a more specific playing offer for this fantastic group of people. For many years we have worked with Millennium Support, formerly Millennium Care and other disability sports organisations including Able 2 to provide enjoyable Rugby League experiences. A few years ago a participant once said that his dream was to play for Featherstone Rovers and now we can offer just that. The team took part in their first LDSL tournament hosted by Wakefield Trinity at Eastmoor Dragons a few weeks ago and all had an absolutely fantastic day and were all so proud to be representing Featherstone Rovers and sporting their Blue & White playing kit.’

  • The games last 40 minutes, consisting of 2 20 minute halves and takes place on a quarter-pitch.

  • Teams are 7 a side and can have 2 non-disabled players take the role of facilitators.

  • The games are non-contact and follow Tag RL rules.



5-6 pm

                  Millennium Stadium

Training Starts 26th March 2024

Training for the LDRL team is held Tuesdays, 5-6pm @ the millennium stadium and is starting on 26th March 2024.


Jacob Merrick at

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Ryan Cockerham

Ryan has been a part of the squad since the very start, never missing a training session and always turning up, putting his heart and soul into everything he does. Ryan loves to go down to his local pub for a drink and loves a bit of singing.

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Liam Whitton

Liam is a part of the millennium support care group who attends our sessions on a Wednesday. He loves to play rugby and football, and enjoys watching Featherstone Rovers 1st team and playing Fortnite on his Xbox.

Craig Poole

Craig loves to play for Featherstone Rovers LDRL team and likes to watch rugby on the weekends. He enjoys playing on his Playstation and loves playing football.

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James O’Rourke

James has been a part of the squad since the very start, and is a die-hard rugby fan who loves to play for the Featherstone Rovers LDRL team. He loves to watch the Featherstone Rovers 1st team play at the weekend and to watch Sheffield Wednesday football club.

Logan North

Logan is the youngest member of the Featherstone Rovers LDRL team. Logan got shortlisted for the young achiever award for 2024, and loves playing rugby and watching Featherstone Rovers 1st team at the weekend. Logan likes to play rugby and football in his spare time with friends, loves to go to the gym and play on his Xbox.

Billy Hart

Billy is passionate about playing and watching Rugby League and supporting favourite team, Leeds Rhinos. Billy has lots of hobbies outside of playing rugby: he likes to garden, play football, camping, play on his Xbox, and loves to sing whenever the karaoke machine comes out.

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Gary Hope

Gary has been a part of the squad since the very start and is a huge Featherstone Rovers fan. Gary was a part of the ‘stand gang’ and volunteered to build the new stand in 2015. He loves to watch Featherstone Rovers on the weekend, and he is a regular attendee of our Back Onside sessions on a Tuesday. He loves to play football in his spare time.

Darian Copley

Darian loves to play rugby for Featherstone Rovers LDRL team. Outside of rugby Darian likes to play football, enjoys skateboarding, boxing, MMA, and going to the gym.

Tom Weston

Tom loves to play for Featherstone Rovers LDRL team and watching rugby on the weekends. In his spare time he likes playing and watching football.

Emma Clark

Emma is the newest member of our LDRL team here at Featherstone Rovers. She attends training week in, week out and keeps improving each week. Emma is also the first woman in the clubs history to play for the Featherstone Rovers LDRL team! Emma has lots of hobbies like going to the gym, swimming, watching sports, cooking and she is very artistic as she loves to do arts and crafts.


For more information on LDRL you can checkout the Rugby Leagues official page on LDRL here.

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