Sale Sharks joins forces with Comic Relief and Premiership Rugby to support inclusive rugby
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 @ 14:34 by Mark Phillip

Sale Sharks is appealing for players with physical and learning disabilities to sign up to a new Comic Relief-funded inclusive tag rugby programme at Aldwinians rugby club, in Audenshaw.

The tag rugby sessions, run as part of a combined programme between the award-winning Sale Sharks Community Trust and Premiership Rugby, are designed to open up the game to disabled players.

Sessions will be open to anyone with a physical or learning impairment and aged between 6 and 18 years old – and their families and friends are welcome too.

The new project promotes total inclusion across the game and is part of a range of inclusive rugby programmes delivered by the Sharks Community Trust.

Trust coaches also run the acclaimed ‘In the Pack’ project – which involves wheelchair tag rugby and walking rugby – and support the mixed ability Winnie’s Warriors team at Aldwinians RUFC.

“As a club we’re committed to making sure that rugby is as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to play,” said Sale Sharks Community Trust Inclusion Officer Vicky Irwin.

“Through our inclusive rugby programmes we want to remove any barriers that prevent people from playing the game they – and we – love.

“The work we are doing at Aldwinians is so important in showing what a powerful tool rugby can be but it wouldn’t be possible without the support of Comic Relief and Premiership Rugby.”

The inclusive tag rugby programme will begin with a session at Aldwinians RUFC on April 11.

Paul Lyons, from Aldwinians, added: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Sale Sharks Community Trust to raise the profile of inclusive tag rugby and to show that rugby really is a game that anyone can play.

“We know there are things that prevent some people from getting involved but with the help of the Sharks coaches, we’re confident we can overcome any challenges.”

Earlier this month Sharks Community Trust joined Premiership Rugby and England Rugby to support the Winnie’s Warriors mixed ability team, which features both non-disabled players and disabled players.

The programme will be delivered by the Trust in four venues; a disabled adult group at Medlock Leisure Centre, Bridge College, Titan Clubs that runs out of Thomas Ashton School and Champions Sports Club at Belle Vue Leisure Centre.

If you are interested in getting involved with inclusive tag rugby, please contact [email protected].

This year’s Comic Relief appeal takes place on Friday, March 24.

By Lee Cullen