North development officers undertake disability inclusion training

The fourth Disability Inclusion Training workshop, organised by Scottish Rugby and Scottish Disability Sport, was held at Airyhall Community Centre, Aberdeen, with a number of local rugby development officers in attendance.

The workshop, which included a number of interactive theory sessions and practical scenarios, focussed on developing the principles of inclusive coaching within rugby. The workshops form part of Scottish Rugby’s wider drive to make rugby a more inclusive sport with no barriers on both individual and group participation.

Scottish Rugby’s head of clubs and schools Nick Rennie, said: “Scottish Rugby is dedicated to being an open organisation and making rugby an equitable sport for all to be involved.

“The Disability Inclusion Training is just one example of how Scottish Rugby is working with partners to adapt our sport to ensure that as many people as possible can experience our great game.”

Following completion of the workshop, participants were more at ease with the notion that they are in a position to make a difference to all, and that the basic skills of the game are well within the capabilities of players of all levels of ability. The development officers were also made more aware that by fine-tuning their communication skills, and making small changes to their delivery style and actions, they can make a major impact on an impaired player’s development.