South Dublin County Sports Partnership teamed up with Leinster Rugby and Clondalkin RFC to bring a four-week pilot programme of inclusive tag rugby to the club.

The programme is targeting children aged 6-16 years old, with ASD and/or an intellectual disability.

Throughout the four-week programme, participants will take part in the sessions at Clondalkin RFC in line with Covid-19 guidelines.

The first training session got underway over the weekend and 33 players turned up to take part.

Alongside the players, Leinster Rugby provided eight coaches to lead the session and Clondalkin RFC had up to 15 volunteers available to help with the running of the programme.

Rob Mullen, Leinster Rugby Community Rugby Officer said, “We are delighted to work alongside the club and the local council to make rugby accessible and inclusive for all kids in the area. I think the most important thing is to recognise the opportunity we have now to build the relationship between South Dublin County Council, the club and governing bodies to make sure that this has longevity and is something we include in plans going forward.”

“Identifying the common goal which is making rugby accessible for everyone, and coming together to achieve this would be hugely beneficial for everyone taking part over the next four weeks”, added Mullen.

The Inclusive Tag Rugby pilot programme will continue for another three weeks in Clondalkin RFC, taking place on the next three Saturdays, 14, 21 and 28 of November, from 10am to 11am.

For more information and to register your free place, please email Lucy Cush, South Dublin County Sports Partnership.

See the full gallery from the first Tag Rugby session