Rugby project for kids with learning difficulties launched at Eaton Park

BALLYMENA Rugby Club launched its eagerly-awaited Bears programme on Sunday.

The initiative has been launched to offer tag rugby to young people with learning difficulties across the region and they have hit the park running with 10 new players.

On hand to show them some skills and help with the fun was Ulster rugby player and newly agreed patron Luke Marshall who donned a tag belt and dodged the coaches along with the boys.

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The group were also joined by representatives from Belfast Newforge Taggers to wish them well and who hopefully the Bears will get to meet soon at blitz days with similar groups Dungannon Sharks and Donaghadee Sharkies.

Head coach Gary Donald was over the moon at the level of support for their first meeting.

“We had been hoping that the message was getting out there and with this level of support at our first meeting I am sure that from this acorn a huge oak will grow” said Gary.

BRFC Bears will continue to meet this season every other Sunday, with the next one booked for 10am on March 11 at Eaton Park. Anyone wishing to either help or take part can phone Gary on 07738389791 or turn up on the day.