WHAT IS MIXED ABILITY RUGBY ?
MIXED ABILITY RUGBY
REAL INCLUSION IN ACTION
IMAS, the driving force behind IMART, is championing the Mixed Ability Model using it to break down barriers to participation in sport, promote social inclusion and generate long-term positive change in our communities.
Mixed Ability Rugby grew organically from a lack of provision for disabled participants to play rugby. Players with and without physical and learning disabilities began playing in the same 15 a side rugby game abiding by World Rugby Laws.
Mixed Ability emphasises regular, frequent and sustainable activities, self-determination, full membership of grassroots clubs and opportunities for social interaction for all.
Mixed Ability teams are “just another team” in the club!
For more information logon to www.mixedabilitysports.org
CHANGING FAMILIES' LIVES
THROUGH MIXED ABILITY RUGBY
PETER & PATRICK O’FLYNN
“Patrick spent his childhood standing on the side lines with me watching his brothers play. I never thought I would see the day that he would line out on a rugby field against his brother.”
PARENT OF REBELS PLAYER PATRICK O’FLYNN
“When the Mixed Ability team started in Sunday’s Well I was sceptical about its success. 5 years on and at 48 years of age I’m still packing the gear on a Friday and heading to training. The positive effect it has on the guys with disabilities is contagious. I’ve never played on a team that stayed this tight for so long. The bond between players of a wide variety of abilities and ages is amazing.”
Rebels Player and member of Sunday’s Well RFC for over 20 years
“For Ronan the Rebels is a place to belong and to be just another rugby player like everyone else. For Aileen it gives her a chance to support her son playing for his club like every mother wishes. For the family we are just a typical rugby family supporting the team that belongs to us and that is priceless to us!”