13 Nov 2019

Hull FC launch LDSL team

The Hull FC Community Foundation officially launched the Hull FC Learning Disability Rugby League team with their first ever training session on Tuesday evening

The side will be joining the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League for the 2020 season, with the variation of the sport allowing people with learning disabilities to enjoy the game of Rugby League.

The Foundation will be running weekly Learning Disability Rugby League sessions on Tuesday evenings, 5.30pm-6.30pm, the first session took place on Tuesday evening at the Bonus Youth Performance & Community Centre, off Pickering Road, Hull, HU4 7AB.

The LDRL activity is part of a wider strategic partnership between Community Integrated Care, Betfred Super League and the RFL, which aims to develop and enhance the community programmes provided by the sport to people with care and support needs.

The emphasis in LDRL is on inclusion and enjoyment. It was conceived to provide a team-sport experience to those who would previously would not have had such an opportunity. LDRL is played on a quarter-pitch with seven-a-side teams. The games are non-contact and follow Tag Rugby League rules.

Teams are allowed two able-bodied players who will play as facilitators, to ensure the match is both free-flowing and well-balanced. Typically the able-bodied roles are taken up by current and/or former professional Rugby League players.

LDRL activities are delivered with a view to developing the participants skills and confidence while providing new challenges and opportunities.

The newly formed Hull FC LDRL team is entirely inclusive and welcomes all players, regardless of skill or experience. Mark Adams, CEO of Community Integrated Care, said: “We are thrilled that Hull FC have signed up to be part of the 2020 Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League season.

“Hull FC are one of Rugby League’s most iconic clubs and the work of their Charitable Foundation is highly respected within the sport, so they will be an incredible addition to this programme." 

Richard Tate, Head of Programmes for Hull FC Community Foundation, added: “We are really looking forward to being part of the LDRL family in 2020. LDRL is a very rewarding concept for both the players and the staff involved.

“Through this programme and our great community coaches, Brad Sugden & Matty Kirby, we will be able to give participants of all abilities the skills and confidence to play the game of Rugby League, as well as make new friends and have the chance to represent Hull FC with pride.”

To get involved with the Hull FC LDRL team, make lots of new friends and keep fit & healthy, please contact bradley.sugden@hullfc.com and/or matthew.kirby@hullfc.com and go along to the weekly Tuesday night sessions from 5.30pm-6.30pm at the Bonus Youth Performance & Community Centre, off Pickering Road, Hull, HU4 7AB.