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Tag Rugby in Action with Newcastle Rugby Foundation


The Newcastle Rugby Foundation has partnered with Wooden Spoon Northumberland and Wooden Spoon Durham to kick off a Learning Disability Rugby programme.

Aimed at empowering individuals with learning disabilities, the initiative was launched at Kingston Park Stadium on April 15.

The launch event featured an inclusive rugby session tailored to meet the specific needs of players. Thanks to funding, the programme will have new equipment like tag belts, prepping them for future fixtures and competitions.

They will also have a new kit, which will make the players feel part of the team. Open to all abilities, regardless of prior experience, the programme champions accessibility. The programme makes a meaningful impact on the lives of participants and their families, fostering friendships and empowerment within the rugby community.

Darren Greco, Funding and Development Manager at Newcastle Rugby Foundation said: “This is a great opportunity for families to come together through the values and ethos of rugby.” Iain Stewart, Wooden Spoon Northumberland, said: “The programme fits well with our National Game Changer campaign to help give young people with a disability the chance to become a rugby player.” Olly Lawson, Wooden Spoon Durham, said: “It’s a pleasure to support programmes like this one, positively impacting the lives of those with learning disabilities. This truly embodies Wooden Spoon – using rugby as a vehicle to do good.”