Wigan Warriors Community Foundation is committed to improving participation and activity levels in under-represented groups. We’re focusing investment into projects that target and support groups and communities who have faced barriers in terms of participation. We are pleased to be continually evolving the following Rugby League pathways:

Wigan Warriors disability rugby team playing a match

We have a Physical Disability Rugby League team representing the club playing in a league against other sides throughout the country.

This is a full-contact version of the game designed for participants with a physical disability.

PDRL play in their own league, where they will play against some of the other top clubs.

Each club hosts their own festival where a number of fixtures will be played on that day which go towards the league table.

This comes down to the end of the season where a finals day is hosted for all clubs, where those who finish higher in the league hold an advantage over the other teams.

Wigan Warriors disability rugby team playing a match

Learning Disability Rugby League is a non-competitive version of tag rugby league, where we currently have multiple smaller-sided teams representing the club.

This is suitable for people ages 8+ with a learning disability. In LDRL we promote inclusion and enjoyment for all of those involved, including when Wigan Warriors travel to festivals held by other clubs, which are completely non-competitive and fully focused on engagement.

Wigan Warriors wheelchair rugby team celebrating after winning the 2023 Wheelchair Super League
Wigan were winners in Betfred Wheelchair Super League Grand Final in 2023 at National Basketball Centre in Manchester. Declan Roberts is pictured here about to lift the trophy.

Wheelchair rugby league is an inclusive variant of rugby league that provides playing opportunities for people with and without disabilities. We currently have a first team competing in the Betfred Wheelchair Super League, a reserve team competing in the reserves league, as well as a development session taking place alongside team training to provide competition and development opportunities.

Having launched our Reserves team in 2023, after a successful season, both teams played in their respective grand finals, with the Super League team coming out on top against Leeds winning 50-42.