RUAble - RFU Disability Network Website
This site is the home page of RUAble. This is the name of the RFU's network of disability groups and individuals who either have a disability or an interest in disability matters around rugby union. If you wish to become a member and receive regular updates on issues around rugby and disability then please go to the How to Join page on the left hand menu.
Following consultation with active club members, including active players, spectators, coaches etc, all with some form of disability, the Community Rugby department are seeking to create a database (on RugbyFirst) and network of ‘rugby people’ who consider themselves as having a disability. The term disability may cover a range of issues from, for example, a visual impairment (maybe use of only one eye or neither eye) to those who use a wheelchair, a prosthetic limb or have a learning difficulty, to name several of many. Ultimately this network may evolve to such an extent that a representative structure could be possible – just as Wheelchair Rugby and Deaf Rugby (both RFU Associate Member organisations) have done. Primarily, however, we are seeking to assess just how many of our members have a disability in order that we may:
a) know what the current national picture is
b) be able to learn from, and improve, their experiences in our game
c) identify models of good practice from coaches, players,
spectators, referees, volunteers and clubs in general
d) overcome some of the perceived & actual barriers that individuals may face
e) bring more like minded people into our game
Please forward this website onto any club members – players, coaches, volunteers, supporters etc - who you feel would consider themselves as having a disability;
· physical disability (including amputees, ‘Les Autres’, wheelchair users or those who use prosthetic limbs)
· wheelchair user
· learning disability
· hearing impairment
· visual impairment
and so they may reply to me in person if they feel comfortable to do so , via the dedicated email – RUable@therfu.com
If you require any further information please call on 0208 831 7987.
So - if you know of people who fit this description please let us know.
Thank you in anticipation - the RUAble project team.
The project team comprises:
Nic Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Cook email@example.com
Alexis Holding firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Wilkinson email@example.com