To provide children who experience learning, perceptual and physical difficulties the opportunity to play Rugby.
Piloted in 2014 at Brisbane Brothers Rugby Club, the Modified Rugby Program (MRP) in 2016 will include six clubs, including a new MRP program in Toowoomba. The MRP provides children with learning and perceptual difficulties the chance to learn and play competitive Rugby.
A working group of the Queensland Rugby Union, Australian Rugby Union, Brisbane Brothers Rugby Union, Megan Elliott (founder and Managing Director of GingerCloud Foundation) and Allied Health professionals developed the program to support the specific needs of these children. The program is structured with necessary modifications to the game, providing participants on-field support through a Player Mentor system, whilst remaining aligned with the Laws of Rugby.
Queensland Rugby Union and the St.George Foundation have continued in partnership with GingerCloud to further expand the program within Clubs.
Queensland Rugby recently implemented the Disability Inclusion Policy that allows junior rugby players with a disability to play in the age group below their actual year group.
- Modified Rugby Program now offered at 6 clubs – Brisbane Brothers, GPS, Easts, Wests, Redlands and USQ – Toowoomba
- Providing opportunities for over 150 MRP Players, Player Mentors and their families
- Development and implementation of the Disability Inclusion Strategy
- Queensland Rugby announced Inclusive Services Award winner at 2015 Queensland Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association Awards
Team participation was one of the hardest things for Lucia, until MRP came along. When she pulls on her team colours she’s valued by her teammates and nothing else matters.
AUSTRALIAN SPORTS FOUNDATION
All donations are administered by the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) for the purposes of Reds Foundation. Funds are granted to Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) by the ASF under a strict acquittal process to ensure the funds are used for the purposes identified at the time of donation. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible under the ASF guidelines.
As part of QRU’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan a dedicated workforce will continue to ensure the delivery
of all Reds Foundation initiatives.
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