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Community Foundation's deaf rugby event a success

Community | 21st October 2022

Cardiff Rugby Community Foundation welcomed local deaf children to the Arms Park on Wednesday for a day full of rugby activities.

Ran in conjunction with the Welsh Rugby Union, the annual event returned for the first time since Covid, with more than 50 children in attendance.

The event is another step in the Community Foundation’s mission to ensure rugby is an accessible sport for people of all backgrounds within the region.

As well as the skills station on the Arms Park pitch, Cardiff first team star Kirby Myhill also visited to host a Q&A session.

Children from Ysgol Hen Felin, Greenfield, Coed Glas Primary, St Cyres and Cogan Primary schools were in attendance.

A similar action-packed day is in the pipeline for children who are Visually Impaired, after Cardiff Rugby launched Wales’ first VI rugby team. The Disability Six Nations Festival will also return later this season, which will be held at venues in both the north and south of the region.

Evan Vaughan-Lewis, Cardiff’s Disability and Inclusion Officer, said: “It was fantastic to welcome deaf children from the region to our home at the Arms Park on Wednesday. It’s always really fulfilling to see the smiles on their faces throughout the day, with some enjoying their first taste of rugby

“As a Foundation, we’ve always been proud of our efforts to ensure a Jersey For All and the deaf rugby event is a crucial part of that. It’s been one of the highlights of our calendar in recent years and made a welcome return after Covid.

“The kids enjoyed working with our community coaches on a number of different skill sessions and we were greatful to have Kirby Myhill joining us for a Q&A session, as well as James Stiles from the Wales Deaf rugby team, who will inspire these children and show what’s possible.

“We have more events planned in the near future to ensure rugby is accessible for children of various disabilities and we’ll announce these in due course.”

For more information about Cardiff Rugby Community Foundation’s Disability and Inclusion programme, please contact [email protected]