Dons community team coach deaf students in tag rugby

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DONCASTER Rugby League Club’s community development team has recently delivered four weeks of tag rugby to 14 students at the Doncaster School for the Deaf.

The students are to attend the club’s next home game against Gateshead on Sunday June 24 where they will be presented with certificates at half-time.

The students will continue their learning within the game and are now undertaking the Rugby League Leaders Award (RLLA).

Martin Rowlands, Dons’ community development coach, said: “It’s been a great four weeks and all the students have enjoyed their introduction to rugby league.

“They’re looking forward to attending the Gateshead game and we hope they catch the rugby league bug and become regulars at the Keepmoat.”

The Dons community development team, who boast former Super League star Paul Cooke in their ranks, have also recently linked up with Doncaster Rovers’ Education Foundation.

NVQ students and Foundation Learning groups were put through their paces over an eight week touch rugby course covering fundamental skills such as kicking, catching, movement and positioning.

The link has given them extra dimension to their sporting portfolio and has helped raise the awareness of our local rugby league club,” said Rowlands.

“This was the first time any of the students have played any form of rugby and it was good to see them develop over the eight weeks of training.

“The students enjoyed a change of sport as it gave them something different to look forward to and it was a very enjoyable eight weeks training programme.”

Student Lewis Downing said: “Touch rugby has been brilliant. The Dons’ staff have made the sessions fun but competitive and it has really brought some of the other lads out of their shells.

“After the course I am hoping to organise a touch rugby team to take to tournaments in the summer.”