The Learning Disability Rugby League (LDRL) season came to an end last weekend (Sunday 26 September) at York St John’s University’s Haxby Road Campus.
LDRL returned in 2021 after the whole of the 2020 season was lost to the pandemic. People with learning disabilities have been among the worst affected by the pandemic in terms of physical and mental health and social exclusion.
Last Sunday as many as 200 players from across the north of England – including St Helens, Castleford, Featherstone, Hull FC, Hull KR, Leeds, Newcastle, Salford, Wakefield, Warrington, Widnes, Wigan and York – brought the curtain down on a record-breaking ‘return to play’ season.
This year the number of LDRL participants was more than double the number in 2019, with a record 13 teams taking part in the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League.
See photographs from the LDRL festival below.