In August this year the very first Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament is taking place in Bradford. More than 400 people from 10 countries will be coming together for the tournament and includes players with and without learning or physical disabilities. The event is being supported by several people served by ubu from Leeds who have been taking part in training sessions over the last few months.
Carl trains at Castleford Rugby Union Football Club and says “I was very excited when I heard about the opportunity to train at Castleford along with some of their professionals”. Carl has been going to the training sessions every week with friends, taking along a healthy packed lunch. The sessions take place in the afternoons and Carl says “We usually start a variety of exercise drills to get our bodies ‘warmed up’ with one of the trainers and then play a game of touch rugby”.
Carl and his friends from Leeds are keen to promote the event which begins with an opening ceremony on August 17th in Bradford Centenary Square. The tournament schedule continues during the week with a series of events including training sessions, games and entertainment for everyone attending. The Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament Final will be held on Friday 21st August followed by an awards ceremony and celebration.
Entry to the Tournament is free and is fully accessible for everyone. Carl says “I am really enjoying being a part of this exciting Tournament and sharing the experience with my friends”.
If you or anyone you know would like to come along and take part you can find more information here.