Here at DSActive, we’re always looking to increase the opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome to be active, be healthy and play sport. Whether that is increasing the number of clubs who provide impairment specific sessions in sports we already work in, such as football, tennis, athletics and cricket, or whether this is through launching new sports, such as rugby union.
London Irish are the first rugby union team to launch a DSActive sessions. The sessions are held at the London Irish training ground in Sunbury, South West London. The sessions will be touch rugby, which doesn’t involve any contact or tackling to start with. Each player wears a belt with brightly coloured tags on them, which the defending team must remove to stop the player.
Touch Rugby is a really exciting format which has gained more popularity in the last few years. With the Rugby World Cup in Japan starting in September, it’s an exciting time for the DSActive team to be launching rugby sessions.
DSActive Sports Officer, Emma:
“Touch and tag rugby is a great new format, it’s not all about ‘big tackles and kicks’ but it’s a great way to build skills and enjoy the sport. Participants can gain a positive experience of playing rugby, make new friends and enjoy being active. We’re sure the sessions will be really fun and can’t wait to see how they go.”