Vikings LDRL Festival - Warrington

Vikings LDRL Festival - Warrington widnesvikings.co.uk

24th June 2019

Widnes Vikings' Learning Disability team took part in their latest festival on Saturday afternoon, as they visited Victoria Park in Warrington for a great day of Community Integrated Care LD Super League action.

The Vikings joined Warrington Wolves, Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors at the event, with the festival building on the huge success of the LD Super League launch at Anfield during Magic Weekend.

Super League and the Rugby Football League (RFL) have partnered with the national social care charity, Community Integrated Care, to create a ground-breaking adapted form of rugby league for people with learning disabilities and autism. Backed by 12 major rugby league clubs and integrated into the Super League calendar, this is the first ever example of a professional sports league sharing its brand with a learning disability sports programme.

Two sides from Widnes took part in the festival, giving everyone involved another fantastic opportunity to represent their club as Super League players.

The Vikings recently hosted Warrington, St Helens and Wigan at the Halton Stadium, prior to the First Team's victory over Barrow Raiders in the Championship, making this their third outing of the season.

All of the games were played in fantastic spirit, with more unforgettable memories made and friendships strengthened between all of the players involved.

Liam Clark, Head of Community at Widnes Vikings, commented: "We would like to say a massive thank you to Warrington Wolves Foundation and Community Integrated Care for inviting us down to the LD Super League festival on Saturday afternoon.

"It was another brilliant example of how special this brand of rugby league is, with the players and their families enjoying more unforgettable moments together while representing their club.

"Each and every one of our players represented the Vikings with an incredible amount of pride and passion, and it was great to see them all in the club's colours once again. We already can't wait for the next event."

Mark Adams, CEO of Community Integrated Care, says, “Once again the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League has provided an unforgettable weekend for over 100 people with learning disabilities, promoting inclusion in sports and developing invaluable life skills for the participants.

"The growth in this initiative so far has been incredible – I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone in the rugby league family for their support of the programme, it really has been overwhelming.”

Sarah Pickford, Sustainable Clubs and Foundations Manager at the RFL, says, “The Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League is one of the fastest growing areas of the game, and it has engaged a wide range of people from many different clubs across the country.

"We’re absolutely delighted at its progress, and we have a real opportunity here to build upon its growth to the Rugby League World Cup 2021.”

Widnes Vikings' Learning Disability Super League team is proudly sponsored by Emerald Kalama.

Training sessions take place at the Halton Stadium every Tuesday, 6pm-7pm, and cost £2 per person, with all funds going back into the team.

For more information regarding our LDRL team, contact Liam Clark on liamc@widnesvikings.co.uk or call 0151 495 2250.

 

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