Project Rugby - Autism Awareness Week

Date: 5 Apr 2019

A father and son duo will line up on the same side for a Mixed Ability rugby match to celebrate World Autism Awareness Week thanks to an inclusive community programme.

Jack Fell and his father Kelvin, who both play for Old Leamingtonians RFC Hornets, are teaming up to take on Worcester Warriors Mixed Ability on the same day as Wasps’ Premiership Rugby fixture against Worcester’s senior rugby side.

The Hornets will also take on Broadstreet RFC’s Mixed Ability side for the festival, held to mark World Autism Awareness Week, on Saturday 6 April, and all players been invited to watch the Wasps’ first team take on Worcester Warriors at Ricoh Arena later that day (kick-off 3pm).

Jack, who is on the autism spectrum, joined Old Leamingtonians Hornets as part of the Project Rugby programme when Wasps helped launch the team in 2018 and has been playing ever since.

Jack’s father Kelvin Fell said: “Playing a sport you love with your own child is every parent’s dream.

“Jack’s mum and I have never pushed Jack to play rugby, he’s taken to it naturally and it’s great to see him enjoying it so much.

“We train together every Thursday at Old Leams, and we can’t wait to play against Worcester Warriors together. Everyone is looking forward to it.

“Not only has being involved with the Project Rugby programme helped his motor skills, it’s also helped his communication and boosted his confidence.

“It would be great to see more and more children getting the chance to develop and excel by joining the class, and I think it’s something more parents should consider.”

Jordan Young, Community Development Officer at Wasps, said: “It’s great that we are seeing parents getting the chance to play with their children every week and to enjoy the challenge of a competitive match together.

“Both Jack and Kelvin are committed to training and have been a key part of the group ever since they joined.

“It’s been fantastic to see his development both in the sport and as a person, and I’d like to wish them the best of luck for the Festival. I hope they enjoy the day.”

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Tickets are still available for the Wasps v Worcester Warriors clash at Ricoh Arena.