Two mixed ability teams representing Wasps Rugby and Bath Rugby went head-to-head in their first ever fixture at Broadstreet Rugby Club.
More than 70 people attended on the day as the Broadstreet and Walcot Warriors teams took part in a game where the score was not recorded.
The Broadstreet side representing Wasps, and Walcott Warriors representing Bath Rugby, played against one another as part of the Wasps Community programme SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), with graduates from the Move Like A Pro initiative also taking part.
The Wasps SEND programme aims to encourage more people with disabilities to take up rugby through a variety of programmes, with their ‘Project Rugby’ strand comprising a 12 week rugby and sports coaching programme – focused on developing mixed ability rugby teams.
Wasps’ SEND work also includes a special school programme called ‘Pick It Up’, which was rolled out in 15 schools last season and ‘Playing Advantage’ – a weekly Sunday session held at King Henry’s School in Coventry.
Wasps Community are currently working with education providers and local disability groups to get more people involved. The club has been working with Hinckley and Broadstreet rugby clubs and their mixed ability teams and is helping Old Leamingtonians to establish their own mixed ability team.
The Move Like A Pro initiative is a national programme from Premiership Rugby, in partnership with Movember, which aims to help men start their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Wasps Community Development Officer Jordan Young and Bath Foundation Coaches, Rob Pickup and Becks Toan, have been working together to engage young people with disabilities in rugby.
Jordan Young hopes the event will encourage more local rugby clubs to form mixed ability teams.
Jordan said: “The morning was a great success and it was fantastic to see both teams giving it their all on the pitch.
“In total we had more than 70 people, including spectators, down at Broadstreet on the day and we hope that hosting events like this will lead to more rugby clubs in the local area forming their own mixed ability sides.
“The Wasps SEND programme is doing great work in engaging people with disabilities who maybe wouldn’t have thought about playing rugby before.
“We’re hoping to encourage more schools, teams and community organisations to set-up their own mixed ability teams to help to get more people with disabilities involved in rugby and sport as a whole.”
To find out more about the Wasps SEND programmes, contact Wasps Community Development Officer Jordan Young at email@example.com