England Rugby Mixed Ability national roll-out

IMAS and England Rugby, working in partnership with the WEA, have designed an educational programme specific to the needs of prospective players with Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. Delivered by trainers who have disabilities (peer education utilising “experts by experience”).

IMAS has an agreed three year deal with the National Governing Body of English Rugby to promote Mixed Ability Rugby. In addition IMAS will write and coordinate the educational programme to be delivered by tutors of the National Education Provider WEA.

I was on BBC Look North talking about how the Bumbles started, I ‘ve met very important people and I’m very proud of it!

- Anthony Brooke, Team Founder and Chairman, Bumble Bees RUFC

1st International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament


We are organising the first “International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament” with a dedicated conference and other educational workshops. The event will be held in Yorkshire from the 17th till the 22nd of August 2015. We will host at least 10 European Mixed Ability teams to play the Series, as well as hosting the RFU 6 English Regions to play a Rugby Festival and promote the model to a wider audience and encourage social inclusion.

It’s given me the chance to meet the Lord Mayor of Bradford and St Omer (France) and talk to them as equals.

- Kev Pringle, Club Captain, Bumble Bees RUFC

Ability Rugby International


IMAS has facilitated a new cross-European network, to meet with clubs, educational providers, charities, federations and associations who are interested in adopting and expanding the Mixed Ability rugby model. This has led to the creation of Ability Rugby International (ARI) in March 2014. Member clubs are from England, Italy, Wales, Scotland, France and Ireland.

I’ve been interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds. I’m getting a lot better at playing rugby, and it was good to show what we can do in European countries

- Rupert Spode, Bumble Bees RUFC