Rugby League is one of Australia's favourite sporting codes. Here in Canberra, we have a strong rugby league culture. Our local team is the Canberra Raiders who play at GIO Stadium.
There are a number of clubs around Canberra that are open to people with a disability being involved as players or volunteers.
The most common modified version of the sport is League Tag, which is non-tackle. Similar other sports include OzTag and Touch Football.
Local Rugby League Opportunities
Score Raiders is a weekly program run by the Disability Trust that gives players the chance to learn the skills and fundamentals of touch football. This program works on coordination and team work in a fun and supportive environment and is part of Disability Trust's Sport and Recreation Services, which provide opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities to participate in and enjoy physical and creative activities.
Their sport and recreation programs are specially designed and operate in a supportive environment to cater for people of varying abilities. Activities are tailored towards the needs of all participants where you learn the skills associated with each activity in a fun and supportive environment.
Participants get play against other Score teams from the Illawarra, Campbelltown and Melbourne. Not only this, but players get all kinds of opportunities to learn both sport skills (like passing, kicking and scoring tries) and life skills (like teamwork, independence, decision making, positive relationships and socialising with peers).
LOCATION: Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Bruce
WHO IT'S FOR: People with a disability
For more details, go to the Disability Trust website or give them a call on 1300 347 224.