Munster Rugby Help Deliver Vision Impaired Rugby Session
27th April 2022 By The Editor
Munster Rugby, in conjunction with the IRFU, the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) and Vision Sports Ireland (VSI) recently delivered a VI Rugby session at the University of Limerick.
Visually Impaired Rugby, also known as VI Rugby, is based around the Rugby 7s touch format. This allows the game to be safe and accessible for players with visual impairments. The gameplay takes into consideration a wide range of sight conditions whilst maintaining the fundamental codes, laws, and spectacle of rugby to both the players and spectators.
The VI Rugby session was a part of the NCBI’s ‘Camp Abilities’, a residential sports, and physical activities camp for children between the ages of 10-14 years old with vision impairments.
The camp saw other Irish sporting organisations deliver sessions in their respective codes.
Three 45 minute rugby sessions took place at UL last week with approximately 45 players taking part.
A number of adaptations were implemented throughout the sessions to cater for the needs of each individual player.
Munster Rugby Spirit Officer Emily O’Leary, Community Officer Kenneth McNamara and the IRFU’s Disability & Inclusion Officer David McKay delivered the session last week which included participants from all over the country.