LDRL Sessions Proving Popular!

Learning disability rugby league sessions have returned, and they’re proving popular with an uptake in participants post-lockdown!

The team was created at the end of 2019 with the ambition of competing in the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League in 2020. However, despite the lack of competitive action due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team continues to grow and develop.

Carol Bilton, parent of squad members Daniel and Martin Geddes, said: “Daniel and Martin were very excited about attending the session again.

“With having to shield for many months, it was good to see their enthusiasm to regain their fitness and meet the team again. I am glad it’s back and will be a key part of helping them adapt into their routine.”

The Foundation are running weekly Learning Disability Rugby League sessions on Tuesday evenings, 5.00pm – 6.00pm at Sirius Academy West on their outdoor 3G pitches.

Learning Disability Rugby League (LDRL) is an adaption of the sport developed to allow those with learning disabilities to enjoy the game of Rugby League.

The LDRL activity is part of a wider strategic partnership between Community Integrated Care, the Betfred Super League and the RFL, which aims to develop and enhance the community programmes provided by the sport to people with care and support needs.

As the official social care partner of the sport, Community Integrated Care will be leading the development of a range of programmes that will use Rugby League to transform the lives of people who require care and support.


The emphasis in LDRL is on inclusion and enjoyment. It was conceived to provide a team-sport experience to those who would previously would not have had such an opportunity.

LDRL is played on a quarter-pitch with seven-a-side teams. The games are non-contact and follow Tag Rugby League rules.

Teams are allowed two able-bodied players who will play as facilitators, to ensure the match is both free-flowing and well-balanced. Typically the able-bodied roles are taken up by current and/or former professional Rugby League players.

LDRL activities are delivered with a view to developing the participants skills and confidence while providing new challenges and opportunities.

The newly formed Hull FC LDRL Team is entirely inclusive and welcomes all players, regardless of skill or experience.

To get involved, email bradley.sugden@hullfc.com to find out more information.