‘Hurricanes Rugby Club’ is a club for young people and adults with learning difficulties which meets on Sunday mornings at Eastleigh Rugby Club. If you are interested in playing for the Hurricanes, please contact Matt Harvey 07743573245.
Hampshire RFU has set up a rugby club for young people/adults with learning difficulties. This club is called 'The Hurricanes' and is based at Eastleigh Rugby Club. The Hurricanes was the first rugby club for young people/adults with learning difficulties in the South of England.
The Hurricanes play tag rugby, which is a non contact version of the game. Players who join the Hurricanes train on Sunday mornings just like any 'mainstream' club. Matches/tournaments are organised against other 'suitable' opposition, this could be against other special needs rugby teams or 'mainstream' opposition. We already have a 'twin club' in Belfast. Hurricanes provides a safe and fun club environment for young people/adults with learning difficulties to play rugby and be part of a rugby club.
All volunteers for the Hurricanes work full time in Special Needs Education and are well aware of the limited opportunities for young people/adults with learning difficulties to be involved in rugby outside of schools. The Hampshire Special Needs Rugby Program has been running in Hampshire since 2003 and while this program has generated a real interest in rugby within special educational needs schools/establishments, there was no 'exit route' into a club for young people/adults with learning difficulties. The Hurricanes are looking to provide this 'exit route'.
Hurricanes will provide a safe and fun club environment for young people/adults with learning difficulties to play rugby and be part of a rugby club. Members will be given the opportunity to develop their rugby skills as well as improving their confidence, self esteem, team work and social skills