Access Sport is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with the Rugby Football League to continue delivering the groundbreaking Tryz project for a further three years.

Tryz is a fun, friendly, pan-disability Rugby League offer for children and young people, based on Touch and Tag principles and was introduced before the 2022 Rugby League World Cup.

The sessions aim to help clubs integrate disability-inclusive rugby into their footprint and help community clubs become more accessible to disabled children and young people.

Community Clubs up and down the country have been running the fun and friendly sessions – including Rochdale Mayfield ARLFC who have recently been named Inclusive Club Network’s club of the Month for May.

Rochdale Mayfield has been a major contributor in providing a community-based sports activity for all age groups in the Borough for over 35 years. It has seen numbers attending the sessions soar since its introduction.

Realising the potential of the programme, they recently launched ‘Tryz on Tour’ to visit service providers' centres and deliver sessions to a captative audience in their familiar surroundings.

Tryz will continue via community clubs in four English regions: London and South East; Midlands; North East; and West of England.

Ben Humphrey, Access Sport Programme Development Lead, said:

"Rugby League is an adaptable game that can be played by disabled children and young people. Clubs and coaches are always keen to support disabled people to access the game. However, they often cite a lack of confidence or prior experience as holding them back. We have been able to train, support and equip clubs to feel more confident and start Tryz RL pan-disability sessions for the community.”

Helen Rowbotham, Access Sport CEO, explained:

“It is fantastic to be working in partnership with the Rugby Football League (RFL) to support more Rugby League clubs in the development and delivery of Tryz. The clubs we work with want to be more inclusive but don’t have the expertise or resources. That is where Access Sport can step in and help build confidence and capacity, drawing upon our cross-sport inclusion experience. We look forward to supporting the RFL’s mission to ensure Rugby League is a game for everyone”.

Marc Lovering, RFL Director of Development, added:

“We are excited to renew our partnership with Access Sport, reinforcing our commitment to inclusivity and community engagement. Rugby league is for everyone and accessible for all. Tryz has had a great impact on our community, there are nine clubs in our Tryz network, we have upskilled 24 coaches and volunteers and engaged over 580 disabled children and young people so far.”

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