Hull KR host Learning Disability Super League festival
More than 100 people with learning disabilities and autism fulfilled their Super League dreams this weekend, as they represented the clubs that they love at one of rugby league’s most iconic stadiums.
Hull KR hosted the latest Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League festival on Sunday 11TH of August, at the KCOM Craven Park. Featuring 12 teams, representing Castleford Tigers, St Helens, Hull KR, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, York City Knights and Leeds Rhinos, and more than 100 players, the event represented a fantastic showcase of the growing sport.
The festival coincided with Hull KR’s annual Family Funday. With a large crowd and the chance to rub-shoulders with The Robins’ Betfred Super League first team stars, the day was an unforgettable experience for participants.
The Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League is a collaboration between Super League, the RFL and the national social care charity, Community Integrated Care. It has seen 12 leading rugby league clubs establish accessible teams for people with learning disabilities and autism, with support and training from the charity. Participants play a specially adapted, non-competitive version of the game that they love at special festivals and Super League events.
Liam Waslin, Coach of the Hull KR team, says: ““I would like to thank all teams that travelled to Hull KR to participate in the latest Community Integrated Learning Disability Super League festival. To see more than 100 people play the sport that they love was fantastic and the excitement on the players’ faces summed up the whole day. Learning Disability Super League is going from strength to strength, and everyone involved deserves a massive pat on the back.”
Josh Munro, star of the Hull KR team, says: ““I enjoy every second, every moment and every opportunity that this gives me. It was an honour to play and score for Hull KR at home. It was a proud moment to be part of such a special festival with my club.”
Mark Adams, CEO of Community Integrated Care, says: “Hull KR have shown an incredible passion for the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League, so it was no surprise that they delivered such a brilliant festival.
This initiative is about much more than simply playing rugby league. It is creating unforgettable experiences for the players, whilst also developing their skills, confidence and independence. We would like to thank our partners at Super League and the RFL, every participating club, coach and volunteering, and of course the players and their families, for making this possible.”
To get involved in the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League, or for further information, please contact: LDSuperLeague@c-i-c.co.uk.