An intellectual disabilities match will be a game day feature ahead of the Vodafone Warriors’ 20th-round NRL clash against the Canberra Raiders at Mount Smart Stadium next Friday night (August 2).

On a night when the Vodafone Warriors will be back at home for the first time after a month on the road, the club is giving those with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to play a game of rugby league on the big stage.

The 15-minute encounter kicks off at 7.30pm involving two Vodafone Warriors teams which will each have an able-bodied player on the field. Players who can be touched only will wear bibs.

The concept of a game for those with intellectual disabilities follows their involvement in the third and last of the Vodafone Warriors’ popular Future Warriors Footy Clinics held during the school holidays.

They enjoyed the programme of activities mapped out for them by the club’s community team.

In all 120 kids relished the Vodafone Warriors’ hugely successful series of three holiday clinics.

The first day involved almost 30 girls aged 5-12 followed by more than 60 boys aged 5-12 turning out on the second day. The final clinic attracted close to 30 people of all ages with intellectual disabilities.

The clinics provide an opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Vodafone Warrior.

The participants were able to check out the club’s amazing facilities and take part in skills and drills sessions as well as games and activities. It was the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience for kids who are already rugby league and Vodafone Warriors fans. Every participant received a footy clinic T-shirt, certificate and Vodafone Warriors pack.

The footy clinic gives kids an opportunity to be active in the school holidays and learn rugby league skills they can take back to their club sides.

All the kids thoroughly enjoyed their time at Mount Smart with a lot of happy faces ensuring Vodafone Warriors footy clinics will continue to grow in popularity.