The 13th annual Schools Disability Rugby Six Nations took place on Thursday 23rd March at Ystrad Mynach Centre of Excellence. 18 teams, that’s around 200 pupils from 15 schools across South Wales took part in the tournament run by Sport Caerphilly, in partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union and Trinity Fields Special School.
Starting in 2005 as one single tournament, the event has evolved into three separate tournaments where it recreates the magic of the Six Nations as schools represent Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England, France and Italy, in three separate tournaments. Each team wears kit that correlates to their country’s colour, which is provided by Orangebox. Ryan Jones Ex-Wales Rugby Captain and Disability Sport Wales Board Member attends every year, supporting the event for its contribution to increasing opportunities for young disabled people in Wales.
Steph Gillard, PE Teacher at Trinity Fields School said: “This is such an inspiring day on so many levels. The children look forward to it every year. Long may it continue!”
The focus of the event is to increase mass participation as schools are encouraged to get involved, with the opportunity for players to continue participation through a pathway to a disability rugby club; Dragons Disability Tag Rugby Club.
The club runs every Saturday morning between 10-11am at the Ystrad Mynach Centre of Excellence and currently has around 22 participating members. It provides young disabled people with the opportunity to participate in a fun session whilst developing their physical, social and psychological well-being. The pupils that attend the Six Nations tournament are invited to a club session in order to ensure they are given the opportunity to continue their progression should they wish to.