LDRL & LDSL
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.
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.
The 2024 LDRL Launch is being held on the 18th March.
If anyone is interested in attending the sessions, we would urge you to give them a try, it’s a small but very welcoming group here at Featherstone Rovers LDRL. You can contact us to learn more about getting involved with our LDRL team.
Will Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on LDRL you can checkout the Rugby Leagues official page on LDRL here.