The Ayrshire Clan are Recruiting
In 2012 unified rugby was first pioneered in Scotland by Trust Rugby International. This was done in partnership with the NHS and the Scottish Government. Trust Rugby are one of only a handful of fully unified, full contact rugby teams in the world.
Teams of able bodied, disabled and disadvantaged young people were brought together to play rugby. These teams were named Clans and the first of these was created in Kilmarnock.
Over the years, this has grown into a nation-wide project with Clans now established all over Scotland and a growing international remit. Through a partnership with Scottish Rugby, Scotland now has its first fully unified full contact squad.
Players with additional needs and / or learning difficulties may face problems in accessing a mainstream club. The Clan recognises each player’s individual’s needs and accommodates those through adapted training sessions and with the support of the enablers. For those that are able there is the opportunity to attend inter Clan matches or even progress to the National Team.
There are many benefits of unified rugby –
• acquisition of new skills
• improved health and fitness through sporting activity
• actively participating in sport
• improved communication and social interaction skills
• working as part of a team
• making new friendships both on and off the pitch.
• growth in self confidence and sense of achievement.
The Clan is currently recruiting new players and there is an open night
on the 26th August at Kilmarnock Rugby Football Club from 6.30 -7.30 for those who may be interested to come along and try it.