Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Changing Lives Through Sport


Disability Festival

Leeds Rhinos Foundation work with organisations across the city to help make Rugby League accessible to all. Through our support for Wheelchair Rugby League, the Disability Tag Festival and the International Disability Day we aim to encourage engagement with Leeds Rhinos and Rugby League and promote and support the opportunities which enable people with disabilities to take part in sport.

Coaching Sessions in SILCS

Leeds Rhinos Foundation was recently awarded funding by St James's Place Foundation to deliver Rugby League activities in the Leeds based SILCs and their Partnership Schools. Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities will engage in rugby multi-skills and derivative formats of the sport that will lead into festivals of rugby.

The Foundation will ensure all young people have a sporting chance by developing opportunities for those with special educational needs and disabilities. We create innovative and exciting ways to engage and inspire all young people, regardless of their age or ability, so they have the chance to take part in high quality physical education and meaningful school sport and enjoy being active. We develop rugby activities that use innovative approaches to educational and sporting strategies to include young disabled people in PE and school sport.

On the ground we work with a range of people who positively influence a young disabled child's experience of physical education and school sport, namely teaching practitioners, coaches and volunteers.

For more information contact chris.godfrey@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Wheelchair Rugby League

Wheelchair Rugby League is unique in that it offers both disabled and non-disabled players of both sexes the opportunity to compete both with and against each other on a level playing field.

Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair Rugby League team are run by Spider-Y, a registered charity that runs the highly successful Leeds Spiders Wheelchair Basketball Club. Leeds City Council, the Rugby Football League and Leeds Rhinos Foundation provide support and guidance for the team.

The club play over the summer at Morley Leisure Centre in Leeds from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday evenings. Sessions cost £3 per person and sports wheelchairs are available to borrow, or bring your own.

The team plays in the national league and is always on the look out for new players to join the ever expanding ranks. For more information you can contact leon.crick@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Rules of Wheelchair Rugby League

The sport is unique amongst wheelchair sports in that it is not a derivative but rather is faithful to the rules of the game with tries, conversions and all the other familiar aspects of the game which makes it instantly recognisable as distinctly Rugby League.

- Five players in each team score tries in exactly the same way as Rugby League

- Conversions are scored by punching the ball from a tee over mini-RL posts

- Tackles are made as in tag RL by taking the attached tag or flag

- Five tackles are followed by handing over the rugby ball to the opposition

- Offside, knock-on and in touch applies as per Rugby League

For more information of Wheelchair Rugby League visit www.wheelchairrl.co.uk

Disability Tag Festival

The National Disability Tag Festival takes place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium each September. This event is delivered by Leeds City Council and hosted by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and enables both young people and adults to come together and take part in a day of tag Rugby League activity.

The fantastic annual event sees 20 to 40 teams (200-400 disabled people) from across Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond attending. The festival is open for ambulant children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or moderate physical disability, with ability levels from beginners through to more advanced players.0

For more information on this event contact chris.godfrey@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

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