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Learning Disability Rugby League

About LDRL

Learning Disability Rugby League (LDRL) is an adaption of the game developed to to allow those with learning disabilities to enjoy the game of Rugby League.

The emphasis in LDRL is on inclusion and enjoyment. It was conceived to provide a team-sport experience to those who would previously would not have had such an opportunity.

LDRL is played on a quarter-pitch with seven-a-side teams. The games are non-contact and generally follow Tag RL rules.

Teams are allowed 2 able-bodied players who will play as facilitators, to ensure the match is both free-flowing and well-balanced. Typically the able-bodied roles are taken up by current or former Rugby League professional players.


This format was born out of the newly-introduced Physical Disability Rugby League in 2018. It was created to meet the diverse requirements of Rugby League players with disabilities, ensuring no prospective player is excluded from playing the game. 

LDRL is generally non-competitive and completely inclusive. LDRL activities are delivered with a view to developing the participants skills and confidence while providing new challenges and opportunities.

LDRL is another example of the fantastic community work undertaken by the Club Foundations. The work carried out by these foundations has driven the incredible growth of all Disability Rugby League formats over the last 12 months.

Founder Clubs

  • Castleford Tigers
  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Hull Kingston Rovers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Newcastle Thunder
  • Salford Red Devils
  • St Helens RLFC
  • Wakefield Trinity
  • Warrington Wolves
  • Widnes Vikings
  • Wigan Warriors
  • York City Knights