GINGERCLOUD FOUNDATION AND CLASSIC WALLABIES ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION
This story originally appeared on rugby.com.au
Today the Gingercloud Foundation and Classic Wallabies team up with a goal to encourage more children and young adults with learning and perceptual disabilities to play Rugby.
The new partnership will support the world-first Modified Rugby Program (MRP) which is a touch-only format of Rugby growing huge momentum.
The program first kicked off in 2014 with just 16 kids. Now 250 participants are signed up across three divisions with a clear pathway from ages seven to 25.
The MRP has been rolled out in Brisbane, Redlands, Toowoomba and Townsville with the next stop being Canberra in 2019.
Co-Founder and Managing Director of GingerCloud Megan Elliott said: “Our dream is to create a place where our children feel safe, are understood, can experience success and find a second home at Rugby clubs everywhere.”
‘’Looking forward we see a unique opportunity for the Classic Wallabies to coach our Player Mentors who volunteer to be paired up with a participant and are our MRP heroes.’’
Growing grassroots Rugby is high on the agenda for the Classic Wallabies and the MRP provides the perfect platform.
Classic Wallabies Board Member and MRP Ambassador Nathan Sharpe said this program ensures Rugby is a game for everyone.
“We back the vision of creating a life without limitation for children and young adults with learning and perceptual disabilities,” said Nathan.
“We want to continue to support the game we have been fortunate enough to play and the MRP is the key to creating a Rugby community where everyone belongs.”
“The program embodies what Rugby is all about: passion, determination, commitment and above all, community.
“The Classic Wallabies are looking forward to witnessing the growth of the MRP over the coming years and providing ongoing support to this outstanding initiative.’’
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