Inclusive Rugby Team

Dear Parents and soon to be friends,

We'd like to invite you to bring your son or daughter to try out a new section of our rugby club. As we now run an inclusive rugby session for children who have Special Educational Needs and Additional Vulnerabilities. This will run every Sunday, during the season at the club from 10.


Why are we doing this? Well we are Wimbledon Rugby Club, the club has a proud history and was started way back in 1865. Around 15 years ago we started a minis and youth section and have a thriving group of young people aged from 5 to 18 who all have fun playing rugby every Sunday. We are a successful club at all levels with our Men's 1st XV playing in London One and our youth teams competing with the best in Surrey.

We all have great fun and get a lot out of rugby and firmly believe everyone can do the same and when we can we should give something back. Then we heard about inclusive rugby and thought "why wouldn't we get involved in that". We think it's a great idea and know that everyone at the club will get a lot out of and we think we've got something special to offer to another group of children. There is NO TACKLING in Inclusive Rugby and those players who pick the game up well may use it as a stepping stone into mainstream rugby with their parents and their agreement.

If you have a son or daughter between the ages of 7 & 12 and think they just might enjoy what we have to offer then bring them along to one of our sessions and give them a chance. There's no charge for the first few sessions so you've nothing to lose and more to the point you and your children may just find a whole new way to have fun and a exciting new club to join.

We just need an idea of numbers so please let us know if your planning to come along plus a few details about your child e.g. name, date of birth and any particular likes and dislikes by e mailing us at inclusiverugby@wmrfc.co.uk

Yours in rugby

John Woods
Development Manager WRFC

Original note about our aims with Inclusive Rugby is below
Wimbledon Rugby Football Club are going to be introducing an Inclusive Rugby section at Tag level within our club working with Inclusive Rugby. We hope to get this up and running this season (2013/14).

Inclusive Rugby are an organisation who are working with the RFU growth department and are rolling out programmes across grassroots clubs providing coaching to children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities.

We are therefore now actively looking for members to help run this section within the club. Please get in touch if you have experience working with children in a SEN environment and would like to help get this team up and running or are just keen to learn and help out however you can. Please pass this news on to friends outside of the club if you think this might be of interest.

Full training and support will be given by Inclusive Rugby to any volunteers who wish to help as well as Canterbury coaches kit, all free of charge.

I am sure you will agree that this is an exciting opportunity to really capitalise on the inclusive nature of rugby to everyone.

If you are interested please get in touch.

Libby (Harris) inclusiverugby@wmrfc.co.uk

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