Special needs coaching at Welwyn Rugby Club

A RUGBY club is opening its doors to people with special needs who might not get a chance to play the game otherwise. Welwyn RFC held its first mixed ability training session this week, inviting people with a range of disabilities to take part in a train

A RUGBY club is opening its doors to people with special needs who might not get a chance to play the game otherwise.

Welwyn RFC held its first mixed ability training session this week, inviting people with a range of disabilities to take part in a training session and get involved with the club, based in Hobbs Way, WGC.

The scheme was organised by the club's mini junior chairman Nigel Parker.

"There used to be a special needs team based at the University of Hertfordshire which unfortunately disbanded a few years ago," Mr Parker said.


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"As a community club we would like to offer the chance for all to be able to participate in rugby.

"Welwyn is the first club in the county to pilot a project like this and all taking part had a great time.

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"Our aim is to get a mixed ability side running and we will continue with the name Bravehearts [the name of the old university team] and hope to be able to compete in competitions in the coming years."

The new team will be working with coaches from Saracens Rugby Club, and is open to people of all ages and all abilities.

The next training session is on Wednesday November 4, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

For more information, contact Nigel Parker at nigelparker6@aol.com

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