LDRL: Celebration Of Hard Work

Saints Learning Disability Rugby League side’s first game was the culmination and celebration of many hours of hard work.

Continuing the Club’s commitment to special needs and causes that encompass and embolden our community, Coaches Gareth Foster and Gareth Friar led the team in their ever first game to their first ever win.

They beat Warrington 40-36 in a match played with great spirit.

“The LDRL side was a natural progression from the work already being done in the community between Saints Community Development Foundation and our partners,” SCDF Director Steve Leonard said. “The players have been training for a number of weeks at Carmel College and our colleagues in the Warrington Foundation invited us along to play our first game.

“Already we have a return game planned in the very near future and our friends in Wakefield are looking to have us along also.

“This team has been nurtured by both Gaz Friar and Gaz Foster who have really helped develop the players in all aspects of skills movement and balance but more importantly to have a smile on their faces whilst enjoying our sport.

“Hopefully our success will encourage other Foundations to join in and we could gather some real momentum for LDRL as a stand-alone brand of the game.”

The club is also actively involved with St Helens Autism Support and has continued to back the charity with special shirts at the last three Magic Weekends.

More than £25,000 has been raised for the charity.

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