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RUGBY: Tag rugby made more accessible at Dorchester
6:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Rugby
DISABLED people joined Dorchester Rugby Club on Thursday mornings for tag sessions.
The gatherings were open to all self-mobile children or adults from six to 60+, male or female, and ran over four weeks.
This form of rugby is a non-contact sport and helps those taking part to improve many personal skills such as movement and hand eye co-ordination, as well as promoting a team ethic.
Carers were welcome to join in or supervise from the sidelines.
Coaching and support staff were all volunteers from Dorch-ester RFC and their help made these sessions possible.
These meetings were free to attend and supported by Dorch-ester Rugby Football Club, the RFU, Dorset & Wiltshire Rugby Football Union and Epic Print.
Dave Harris, who organised and promoted these sessions, said his aim was to make tag rugby accessible to disabled people.
His son, who suffers with Down’s Syndrome, is keen on rugby and at the age of 30, there are no local teams that he is able to join, so he decided to find the support to make rugby accessible for his son and others with disabilities.
Harris said: “Dorchester RFC, Dorset & Wilts RFU and the RFU have been very supportive to help make things happen, and I would like to thank them all for their support.
"The longer term aim is to start a disabled tag team at Dor-chester, and to encourage other clubs in the area to start their own teams, which will hopefully lead to a network of teams across the county.”
If anyone would like to know more about disabled tag rugby and how to get involved, feel free to contact Harris on 07786004236 or alternatively email dave@ rosie76.fsnet. co.uk
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