The Bumble Bees Barbarians is England’s only rugby team featuring players with and without learning and physical disabilities playing contact rugby union. Only three exist in the UK – the other two being in Wales.
Bradford are pleased to announce that that Martino Corazza an Italian Rugby Coach and academic has received news that his application for an EU Grant has been approved. The 'Grundtvig Assistantship' will allow Martino a full season to observe and support Workers Educational Association (WEA) Tutors involved in Teaching Adults with Learning Disabilities, as well as bringing his own Inclusive Rugby Coaching Skills to the Bumbles Team.
Martino, teacher, rugby player and Vice President of Chivasso Rugby Club said in his application to study in the UK... "A separate mention deserves the involvement with the Bumble Bee Barbarians. Given my qualifications and experience as integrated rugby coach, I will try to assist the manager in training and management team, to have the opportunity to share what they have learned and conquered in these years, and to start that groundwork to create an European sports integrated network that doesn’t exist, involving the other Italian (CoorDown, FIR), French (FFSA) and Welsh (Swansea and Llanelli Warriors Gladiators) organizations already in touch with us."
Mark Goodwin Bumbles Player/Manager and WEA Tutor said... "this coincides with work done here in Yorkshire to expand Mixed Ability Rugby to other clubs. In conjunction with West Yorkshire Sport, local RFU Development Officers are supporting us to deliver a training package which will create new involvement in Inclusive Rugby.
Interest has been shown from clubs in Kirklees, Calderdale and the North East, there is potential for the North of England to be at the hub of Europe wide changes in Rugby Union as players with Learning and Physical Disabilities as well as those with Mental Health Issues are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of contact rugby without prejudice."
Llanelli Warriors Manager Gwilym Lewis who introduced Martino to the UK clubs, will also host a short visit from the Italian academic.
You can find out more about Chivasso Rugby Club located in the Piemonte Region of Northern Italy by following the link here
or for those unable to read Italian, type Chivasso Rugby into your browser and click on 'translate page' from the drop down menu.
The Bumble Bees Barbarians are pleased to announce that that Martino Corazza an Italian Rugby Coach and academic has received news that his application for an EU Grant has been approved.