Friday, March 7, 2014

Wooden Spoon International Tag Festival for people with learning disabilities

Wooden Spoon International Tag Festival for people with learning disabilities

Ulster Rugby, with the support of Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, will host the 8th International Tag Festival for people with learning disabilities on Saturday 7th June 2014 at Ravenhill.

The festival will include teams from local rugby clubs and schools, together with clubs and schools from England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Teams will start to arrive on Friday 6th June with the festival running from 11am-5pm on 7th June 2014.

The Festival will have two sections: 
Stage 1 - Teams with 1 or no coach on the field of play        
Stage 2 - Teams with 1 or 2 coaches on the field of play  

There will be under and over 15 age groups in each of these sections. 

Whilst final arrangements will depend upon the number of teams who enter, it is expected the timetable for the festival will be as follows:  

Friday 6th June: 
Training at Ravenhill for overseas visitors (followed by supper)

Saturday 7th June: 
11am - festival starts
1pm - lunch
1.30pm - festival resumes
5pm - Presentations (followed by dinner and a disco)

There will be other entertainment at Ravenhill and we expect to be joined by a number of celebrities during the day. We look forward to working with Wooden Spoon and delivering a day of fun filled competitive rugby for everybody involved.  

Tag Rugby is a mixed gender non-contact version of rugby which is an enjoyable and fun way to keep fit. There are presently eight rugby clubs in Ulster who have a special needs section.

For further information about the festival or to find out more information about tag rugby for people with learning disabilities contact Tim Craig, Ulster Rugby's Disability & Inclusion Officer - tim.craig@ulsterrugby.com.