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Adapted Tag Rugby launched at Mallow RFC

Mallow Rugby Football Club Launch Adapted Tag Rugby Programme For Adults With Disabilities.

Thursday June 25th was a historic day for Mallow RFC who officially launched their adapted tag rugby programme for adults with disabilities. The official launch was held at the Mallow RFC grounds, in attendance were officials from the Munster Branch of the I.R.F.U, Political Parties, heads of the local Churches, officials from Cope Foundation, Cork Sports Partnership and parents. Mr. John Barry President of Mallow R.F.C. welcomed all in attendance and outlined the club’s strategic plans for equality and inclusion.

Benny Henry of Mallow RFC stated “this event is the result of a partnership developed between Cope Foundation, Mallow and Mallow Rugby Football Club to make Rugby accessible to everyone in our community. This is a fantastic initiative developed and promoted by the I.R.F.U. Its aim is to make rugby a fully inclusive sport. The responsibility for the management and completion of this project lay in the hands of Paula O’Reilly and Breda Corcoran of Cope Foundation, Eamonn Gardiner of M.R.F.C and I have been appointed Coach and Equality / Inclusion Officer of the club”.

“Following the official launch of the new team named the Mallow Barbarians played the visiting team Garryowen R.F.C. of Limerick in a game of Adapted Tag Rugby. It was a memorable event as the teams were led to the pitch by a bag piper where they stood to attention for the Irish national anthem. Referee Ben Henry blew the whistle to commence the game. On lookers were treated to an exciting and competitive game of Adapted Tag Rugby” explained Paula O’Rielly of Cope Foundation.

Padraig Healy of Cork Sports Partnership said “Cork Sports partnership are delighted to support Mallow RFC as they become a fully inclusive club and remove barriers that have prevented people with a disability participating in rugby before now. We look forward to more rugby clubs in Cork following the initiative of Mallow RFC and establishing similar Adapted Tag Rugby programmes”.

This was a wonderful occasion for all the players involved and in particular for Mallow RFC as they welcome their new members to the club and look forward to an exciting future of inclusive rugby through the adapted Tag rugby programme.  


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