17 clubs take part in the Learning Disability Super League training day

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Representatives from 17 clubs attended a training day ahead of the new Super League season Community Integrated Care Learning Disability.

The world’s first program enables people with learning disabilities and autism to play a specially adapted version of Rugby League for the clubs they love, in a non-competitive and inclusive environment.

The training day, organized by CIC in partnership with the RFL, offered training from specialists from the charity in learning disability and autism support.

It also provided access to an autism experience simulator and opportunities to learn from the lived experiences of LDSL gamers.

Jhe day was attended by coaches from Barrow Raiders, Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax Panthers, Hull FC, Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, Leigh Centurions, Newcastle Thunder, Salford Red Devils, Sheffield Eagles, St Helens, Wakefield Trinity, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors and York City Knights.

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Impact people’s lives

Craig Thomason, Head of Partnerships and Communities at Community Integrated Care, said: “We take our role as the Official Social Care Partner of Rugby League and collaborators of the Learning Disability Super League very seriously. We are committed to sharing our skills and resources to help the LDSL improve every year and develop talent within the Rugby League. By doing so, we can continually improve the impact our charity and this sport have on people’s lives.

“This training day was truly inspiring. Bringing together quality training, innovative technologies, the lived experience and insight of the players, and the passion and knowledge of every coach in the room, the coaches left the day filled with new ideas and enthusiasm to the coming season. We would like to thank the RFL and all participating foundations for their support in developing the best program possible.

Thomason facilitated a workshop that helped coaches identify ways to create a person-centered and inclusive team culture where every player can thrive.

The DPC day saw Community Integrated Care autism practitioner Denise Kennedy help coaches understand methods to better connect and build independence in their players.

Revealing experience

The training day powerfully blended technical learning and practical hands-on.

This included coaches using an autism experience simulator, which helped them better appreciate the sensory needs some players might have. It also saw players from the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League also become coaches, as they put their coaching teams to the test in a series of drills designed to help coaches discover new ways to empower and support their players on the pitch and adapt. the game to make it accessible to all.

Warrington Wolves Foundation coach Oli Murphy was among those who attended the event and took part in the Autism Experience simulator.

He said: “It was a real eye-opener and made me realize how completely different everyone’s experience is on the autism spectrum. There were times when we had different experiences from each other. others in there. It showed how individualized each player’s experience is, so our coaching and delivery needs to be too.

“It was great to be able to bounce ideas from other coaches and learn about the best ways to present the sport which will provide a better culture for all of us in the future. I am grateful to Community Integrated Care and the RFL for organizing such a special day and for investing in the talents of the coaches.

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