Rugby League is continually growing in the south and boasts a number of successful school programmes that has seen thousands of children taking part in the sport. However, for the East London team, this was the first time the project has specifically engaged with disabled participants. Community Rugby League Coach Ashley Greaves, summed up the activity saying: "Rugby League has open doorways. The sport is able to offer skills both non-complex and achievable to perform. Moving forward, it would be fantastic to see more disability opportunities from more disability-focused organisations."
While offering Rugby League at the camp - which catered for children with a range of intellectual and physical disabilities - one volunteer parent said: "This has been one of the most fun activities for my daughter in a team sport, even though she was in a chair and it was on grass. It was easy for her to be involved and most importantly she really enjoyed herself."
The East London Rugby League Project has been tasked with increasing playing opportunities through programmes such as school and club activity. London Broncos Community Coach Chris Williams added: "It's great to see how Rugby League can successfully deliver fun and easy-to-play activities and its incredible ability to engage with all corners of society. No matter who you are or what your ability level - you can play!
"It is important we spread the message that Rugby League can facilitate anybody - even people with physical disabilities. To see such enjoyment from any participant is a real positive contribution to how sport can change lives in both physical and social aspects."
With positive work in all areas of the game, the recently formed Newham Dockers club are actively looking to improve their services to become friendly for disabled participants, and urge anyone looking to take part in the game to contact the HRCELRP manager Steve Davis on 07712 895954.