- Adults with learning disabilities enjoy introduction to the game
- Plans to establish club link and visit Twickenham Stadium
Photo: RFU Archive
Adult students at St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre in Hendon, north London have been enjoying their first experience of rugby union.
A six-week inclusion programme – funded by the RFU and delivered by Martin Crossan, Community Rugby Coach (CRC) for the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent and Enfield – saw the group of 20 adults participate in Tag and Touch Rugby activities, all underpinned by the game’s core values to help students identify and achieve their potential. They were also provided with information on making healthy lifestyle choices.
St Joseph’s has two main areas of work: an Activities Centre that offers therapeutic, vocational or leisure courses to, mostly, adults with Learning Disabilities; and an Outreach service which provides support to families across London.
The centre plans to establish links with local rugby club Hendon RFC to continue future sessions.
At a special achievement ceremony to mark the end of the year at St Joseph’s each of the budding fly halves, props, flankers and wings formed a line to collect special medals and t-shirts, and the centre were given tag belts and rugby balls to use in the future. The culmination of the course is an informative trip to Twickenham Stadium and the World Rugby Museum.
Martin Crossan, RFU CRC, said: "I thoroughly enjoyed getting working with St Joseph’s on this programme. It was probably the most rewarding activity I have been involved with as a community rugby coach."