The Welsh Deaf Rugby Union is managed by a team of dedicated volunteers who undertake a variety of roles to ensure the players are able to represent their country.
Each member of the Management Team volunteers their time to help with responsibilities such as arranging fixtures, coaching, training, financial management, signing and interpretation and media relations.
The players regularly represent teams competing in the Wales National League Structure and play to a good standard. Being deaf or hard of hearing does not impede their playing ability
Off the field, it's an exciting time for Wales Deaf as we launch a Strategic Document outlining the future development of deaf rugby in Wales.
As part of our aspiration to increase our player base and encourage more deaf players to play rugby, we intend to focus on reaching out to 33 specialist deaf schools and units by organsing basic skills and taster sessions to more than 2,000 children aged four to 16 years. This will be undertaken in partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union Community Development Officers. We are also seeking to build relationships with rugby clubs across Wales with a view to identifying international players of the future.
We are working with the National Deaf Children's Society to explore means of ensuring the communication needs of deaf players are recognised by coaches and that appropriate training is available to meet this aspiration.
Wales Deaf is supported by the Welsh Rugby Union, however to achieve all our aspirations, additional funding support is always welcome. If your business would like to consider becoming one of our community partners, please contact the Communications Officer by email for further information. We would be pleased to meet with you for an informal discussion at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The Wales Deaf Rugby Union would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their support in the development of deaf rugby.