Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Changing Lives Through Sport


Disability FestivalLeeds Rhinos Foundation work with organisations across the city to help make Rugby League accessible to all. Through our support for Wheelchair Rugby League and the International Disability Day along with a partnership with Aspire CBS and many of the local Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres in the region, we aim to encourage engagement with Leeds Rhinos and Rugby League and promote and support the opportunities which enable people with disabilities to take part in sport. We also have our own PDRL side, debuting in 2018, that are proving both successful and inspiration.


Leeds Rhinos Foundation signed an agreement with Aspire CBS in September 2017 to become the exclusive physical activity provider working In Aspire's community hubs across the city four days a week including health and wellbeing sessions.

Aspire CBS customers get free entry to our Disability Tag Rugby Festival where people can come together and have fun playing non-competitive tag rugby which runs in September.

For more information contact chris.godfrey@leedsrhinosfoundation.org


Leeds Rhinos Foundation deliver Rugby League activities in the Leeds based SILCs and their Partnership Schools. Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities will engage in rugby multi-skills and derivative formats of the sport that will lead into festivals of rugby.

The Foundation will ensure all young people have a sporting chance by developing opportunities for those with special educational needs and disabilities. We create innovative and exciting ways to engage and inspire all young people, regardless of their age or ability, so they have the chance to take part in high quality physical education and meaningful school sport and enjoy being active. We develop rugby activities that use innovative approaches to educational and sporting strategies to include young disabled people in PE and school sport.

For more information contact chris.godfrey@leedsrhinosfoundation.org


The National Disability Tag Festival takes place at a sports stadium in Leeds each September. This event is delivered by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and enables both young people and adults to come together and take part in a day of tag Rugby League activity.

The fantastic annual event sees 20 to 40 teams (200-400 disabled people) from across Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond attending and is open to ambulant children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or moderate physical disability, with ability levels from beginners through to more advanced players.

For more information on this event contact chris.godfrey@leedsrhinosfoundation.org


Wheelchair Rugby League is unique in that it offers both disabled and non-disabled players of both sexes the opportunity to compete both with and against each other on a level playing field.

Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair Rugby League team are run by Spider-Y, a registered charity that runs the highly successful Leeds Spiders Wheelchair Basketball Club. Leeds City Council, the Rugby Football League and Leeds Rhinos Foundation provide support and guidance for the team.

The club play over the summer at Morley Leisure Centre in Leeds from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday evenings. Sessions cost £3 per person and sports wheelchairs are available to borrow, or bring your own.

The team plays in the national league and is always on the lookout for new players to join the ever- expanding ranks. For more information, you can contact j_simo@hotmail.co.uk

For more information of Wheelchair Rugby League visit www.wheelchairrl.co.uk


Starting in 2018, Leeds Rhinos' PDRL side is made up of both disabled and able bodied players, combining to produce entertaining and competitive rugby league matches. To be pioneering the initiative from the front, with Warrington, Castleford and Wakefield, is special and rewarding due to the support from ex player Barrie McDermott and other celebrity faces.

Our side includes players from all backgrounds and conditions including muscular, sight and mental, but nothing stops them from playing the sport they live and breath. This initiative has set them back on track and love playing their rugby.

Check out player profiles, interviews and other information on our YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfRtjAE9m2kX6FvGqqVWhABWOEtw49rMP

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