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Disability World Cup return a resounding success

Community | 22nd March 2023

Cardiff Rugby Community Foundation welcomed more than 60 children to their annual Disability World Cup last week.

With two events held at Abercynon and Pentwyn, children from various schools across the entire region took part in a number of fun rugby-based activities.

There were also visits from first team stars Seb Davies and Jamie Hill, with a number of those in attendance enjoying their first taste of playing rugby as the Community Foundation continues to ensure inclusivity in the sport.

Further inclusivity initiatives from the Foundation includes the launch of a wheelchair rugby team as well as the continual growth of the club’s visually impaired side.

Evan Vaughan-Lewis, Cardiff Rugby Community Foundation’s disability and inclusion officer, said: “We’re really proud of how these disability Six Nations and World Cup events have continued to build over the years, and to be able to host events at two different venues has been really inspiring.

“It’s a really busy period at the moment for us as a department, but that only means that we’re influencing more lives within the community and ensuring as many people as possible are getting involved with rugby.

“To see the smiles on faces during these sessions is really fulfilling and it’s great to see so many kids enjoying a taste of playing rugby.

“We continue to strive towards our target of ensuring there is a jersey for all, whether that’s through our work with schools and club in the community or the wheelchair and visually impaired sides we have at the club.”

First team star and Welsh international, Seb Davies, added: “It’s fantastic to see the club being able to offer a route into rugby for so many people throughout our region.

“Playing rugby as a child were some of my happiest memories so making the game inclusive for all is hugely important and as players we’re extremely proud to see the difference they make to our community.

“We had a great laugh up in Abercynon, and I really enjoyed getting involved with the session and then taking questions at the end.”