Vodafone Warriors run first training clinic for people with intellectual disabilities

More than 100 budding rugby league players of all ages were at Mt Smart Stadium over the April school holidays for Future Vodafone Warriors Holiday Programme clinics, with the club also holding their first ever programme for people with intellectual disabilities.

The Vodafone Warriors hold the clinics during school holidays to provide a unique experience for people to engage with the club, giving them opportunities to see behind the scenes, experience a ‘Day in the life of a Vodafone Warrior’ and take part in skills and drills sessions.

They also get the opportunity to engage with players past and present, including current NRL Vodafone Warriors squad members and former players, and Warriors women’s team and Kiwi Ferns player Georgia Hale, who runs the programme.

Hale, who also works for the Vodafone Warriors as Community Relations Co-ordinator, says the club has been running the clinics for the past three years, with hundreds of children having taken part.

“At the Vodafone Warriors we are committed to promoting the game of rugby league to different audiences, and particularly in growing the sport amongst girls and women, which is a real focus of ours. 

“It was great to see so many girls participating in the most recent clinic, as well as us holding our inaugural clinic for people with intellectual disabilities with people from the age of 9 right through to 40 years old.  As a club we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the game of rugby league, and that’s what these clinics are all about,” she said.