In 2022 Wigan Warriors will have teams for Learning Disability Rugby League, Physical Disability Rugby League and Wheelchair Rugby League.
At the end of the 2021 season, Wigan Warriors hosted the latest Learning Disability Rugby League (LDRL) festival on the DW Stadium pitch – as a curtain raiser ahead of the first team game. The LDRL game has progressed greatly in 2021 and the festival at the DW Stadium provided a memorable opportunity for everyone involved. Teams from Wigan, St Helens and Warrington all took part, with Wigan fans watching on as they arrived inside the DW.
The LDRL is a variant of the game developed to ensure people with a learning disability can access and enjoy playing the game of Rugby League. This accessible offer is open to any individuals who have a learning disability or an associated condition. The emphasis in LDRL is on enjoyment, it is generally non-competitive and completely inclusive. The activities are delivered with a view to developing the participants skills and confidence while providing new challenges and opportunities.
This format was born out of Physical Disability Rugby League in 2018. It was created to meet the diverse requirements of Rugby League players with disabilities, ensuring no individual is excluded from accessing Rugby League and to provide a team-sport experience to those who previously would not have had such an opportunity.
The Warriors also launched their first Wheelchair Rugby League side in October 2021, adding to their disability Rugby League offer. Phil Roberts will be Head Coach of the newest Warriors team, speaking on the sport he said: “We know there is a lot of support in the town for Wheelchair Rugby League, we know that there is a player base already and we believe that is going to be really exciting to get Wheelchair Rugby League going with the most famous Club in Rugby League and take that forward.”