Disability Rugby League
Disability Rugby League
Here in York, we have two offers for players with disabilities with both variants having the option to play in fixtures and represent York RLFC Foundation.
Learning Disability Super League
York RLFC are proud to be an established team in The Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League (LDSL) and the York RLFC Learning Disability Rugby League club offers an adaption of the traditional 13 a-side game to allow those with disabilities to enjoy the game of rugby league.
In this variant the ethos is centred around inclusion and participation. In line with our Governing body, the RFL, we do not keep scores at Festivals in this format of the game.
This offer is open to players with physical or learning disabilities the chance not only to train but also to represent York RLFC by playing in festivals against other well-known clubs.
Our players with physical disabilities can act as enablers to help other teammates with learning difficulties enjoy the game. LDRL is non-competitive, no one is keeping track of the score and instead the game is driven more towards inclusion and trying your best.
Our squad has a wide range of ages, abilities and backgrounds and welcomes new players with either physical or learning difficulties. Fixtures between clubs are organised on a festival basis with several of these teams coming together to provide a series of events spread across the season.
The team has been playing for a number of years and are one of 12 founder clubs. We have new players joining us all the time and we always encourage anymore players to come down and give our sessions a try.
Over the past few seasons, the team has played in some of the country's most iconic stages and events including Anfield (Liverpool FC) and St James' Park (Newcastle United).
Physical Disability Rugby League
New for 2023, we are launching a separate Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) club. We also run a separate disability rugby club that offers a competitive playing opportunity.
Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) is a modified version of the game adapted for participants with a physical disability who want to access a running version of rugby league. With some clubs choosing to play full contact rugby league, or have mixture of players playing non-contact and contact within the same team.
PDRL was initially developed in Australia by founder George Tonna. PDRL made its way over to the UK where Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos played the first ever game of PDRL in the Northern Hemisphere in early 2018.
Notably since then, landmark events have taken place such as Warrington travelling to Australia to play and win in the first ever PDRL World Club Challenge. The fixture was inspired by comedian – and PDRL player – Adam Hills who is an integral part of the Warrington side and had always wanted to play for South Sydney Rabbitohs. Hills is a big advocate for PDRL bringing a documentary named ‘Adam Hills: Take His Legs’ to Channel 4 in 2019 which details Warrington’s trip Down Under.
PDRL is continuing to gain momentum in the UK, following the first full domestic season in 2019 and England Community Lions lifting the Rugby League World Cup in 2022. As such, we are delighted to bring you this specialise offer that allows individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to play competitive matches against neighbouring clubs.
We are open to allow new players the opportunity to experience this format by wearing tag belts should they not feel comfortable playing full contact. This degree of flexibility allows us as an emerging team, the freedom to build confidence and allow both younger and less confident players the opportunity to enjoy the game.
Details of our Disability Rugby League sessions as below:
Our last weekly training session of the year is due to take place on Wednesday 27th September. After this date our will take a break and return in the coming weeks and months!
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