Wests Tigers were proud to once again deliver the club's Varying Abilities clinic alongside WestConnex as part of its recent trip to Tamworth in the lead-up to the 2021 NRL season.
Having spent a full week at Scully Park in preparation for the year ahead, Wests Tigers players and staff joined with Challenge Community Services to deliver the program which has been run by the club since the start of 2017.
The Varying Abilities Program is about celebrating differences — providing opportunities for participants of all abilities to get involved and take part in a wide range of fun and interactive activities like modified versions of rugby league, which helps students find common connections with others.
Named the NRL Club Community Program of the Year in 2018, the program continues to inspire and have a positive impact on thousands of students and teachers who take part. Importantly, the program exceeds well beyond the Wests Tigers local footprint and continues to leave a positive impact on communities throughout Western Sydney and beyond.
Challenge Community Services Disability Manager - Tamworth Patrick Delaney thanked the club for delivering the program in the New England region.
"The media are quick to jump on mistakes that young football players tend to make from time to time but I think people also need to be aware of some of the good stuff that happens as well," Delaney said.
"The players really demonstrated a great community conscience by engaging with people with disabilities and the pictures paint some really great bonding and interactions with the clients from Challenge Community Services.
"We really hope we can do it again next time you are in the Tamworth area."
The club would also like to extend its thanks to WestConnex for supporting the program in 2021 after rolling over its commitment from the 2020 season.
Wests Tigers remain firmly committed to supporting NSWRL Inclusive Rugby league, with this program continuing to provide a platform for individuals and their families to be involved in rugby league and Wests Tigers.